SANCTUARY WOMEN FIND SERENITY IN ART

SANCTUARY WOMEN FIND SERENITY IN ART

The Women’s house has been very fortunate to find a unique fine artist who offers creativity workshops for women. Artist Virginia Wilson sees the natural world as an inspiration of color and motion which she conveys to the medium of flowing silk and colorful fabric dyes. Her work lends itself to beautiful hand brushed paintings, colorful scarves, hats, purses and other silk items in this interesting, serene medium.

The Sanctuary offers various creative activities to its residents on a monthly basis and Virginia and her lovely assistant (her daughter!) came to us on a fine spring day to show the girls how its done. We sat outside on our gardenia covered patio and each of us produced a practice piece in the form of a mandala which was then stretched on to a circular frame for keeping. Then each woman moved on to a primary object such as a silk scarf or other silk item which were covered with the brilliant brushed dyes. The final and crowning piece was an underwater sea scene which all the girls collaborated on, seen below.

Virginia’s workshop focused on the spiritual side of art with a 12-step twist that was fascinating and illuminating. Each of the pieces developed in a magical and slightly unpredictable way as the women were encouraged to meditate and visualize. We are so very proud of our finished piece which Virginia and her husband framed for us and hangs permanently in the women’s office for all to see.

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