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August 2013

Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Offers Exhibit of Healing Arts

Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, SC, will present The Art of Healing, on view from Aug. 1 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on Aug. 1, from 5-8pm during Columbia’s First Thursday on Main event.

The exhibition, a collaboration with Hidden Wounds, a non-profit aiming to provide peace of mind and comfort for military personnel suffering combat stress injuries and other postwar challenges, is designed to benefit those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) through artistic and creative healing.

Jim Dukes, of Cary, NC, and Tapp’s visiting artist-in-residence for July, August and September, will be the feature artist for the exhibit. While recovering from a traumatic brain injury and working through PTSD, Dukes discovered relief in a creative outlet, photography. As artist-in-residence he will work with and assist local organizations and individuals who utilize art therapy or art healing techniques and help solidify an ongoing art healing program for the Tapp’s Arts Center.

Participants were invited to use photography, writing, drawing, painting or mixed media or other art forms aimed at healing. This exhibit is not limited to individuals using art healing to augment their PTSD and/or TBI rehabilitation but also cancer, depression and other life-changing conditions. Selected artwork from the exhibit will be included in a photo book, with the participants’ experiences, as told by area writers. This photo book will be released and sold, at an exhibit closing fundraiser, on Aug. 30 at 7pm. Proceeds from admissions and artwork sales will benefit both Hidden Wounds and the Friends of the Tapp’s Arts Center, to advance healing through art.

“We see Tapp’s as a community center and we’re excited about the possibility to serve those individuals who seek and lead recovery through art and share examples of these proven technique with our community,” says Brenda Schwarz, executive director of Tapp’s Arts Center.

Recognized Columbia artists, some who also provide healing through art, will share their work in The Art of Healing exhibit at Tapp’s, including Sandra Carr, Heidi Darr-Hope, Mary How and Lyssa Harvey.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Brenda Schwarz at 803/988-0013 or visit (www.TappsArtsCenter.com).

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