Explore the nature of art therapy with Dr. Dian Svendsen, the speaker for the September Coastal Arts Guild luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Svendsen’s presentation will include examples of art created in therapeutic settings. She will also explore the relevance of recent findings of neuroscience to our daily lives and art-making processes.

Born in rural Ohio, Svendsen went to Afghanistan in 1971 as a US Peace Corps volunteer. She has worked in management development in 35 countries and lived and worked on the Navajo Reservation.

Turning to art to help her better comprehend herself, others, and the world, she initially used line drawings to illustrate her poetry, then conte crayon and charcoal to make large images of small sections of nature. At the age of 59, she earned a fourth graduate degree and become an art therapy counselor at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, as well as in private practice. Now retired, she focuses on her own art, which is heavily influenced by her cross-cultural experiences, love of animals and spirit of discovery.

The lunch will be held in the second-floor classroom of the Visual Arts Center located in Nye Beach. The event begins at 11 am and the speaking program starts at 11:30 am followed by lunch. There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-members.

For more information and an invitation to attend, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599.

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