Jackie has a passion for the arts, especially in DIY (do it yourself) crafting. She is a continuing student of Ceramics, currently at the Arvada Center for the Arts, where she does wheel throwing and hand building. Growing up in Minnesota, she has also been a student of her grandmother in the various crafting mediums, and says that a flair for arts runs in her family. Jackie’s focus is with the Oncology patients, and she enjoys being able to give the gift of art through the Soul’s Palette program, as well as being able to meet and connect with patients from all over the country. With a background in non profit organization fundraising, she also hopes to help the organization in capacity building so that the program can continue to excel in bettering the lives of patients in their healing journey.
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Sharon is licensed as a Landscape Architect and has worked as a designer and large-scale planner for many years. She is also a Birth Doula serving in Boulder County and has taught new mom breastfeeding classes as a Lactation Educator. Currently Sharon has her own business teaching classes in the field of Preventative Health and Wellness.
She is self-taught in knitting, crochet, and most recently, in Tunisian crochet. Knitting happens almost every day, and her style is to have many projects going at the same time. She has a second small business that features knit designs (primarily hats and baby essentials). Her favorite things to do are spending time hiking and playing with her two school-age boys and husband. Other places you can find Sharon are in her community garden plot overlooking the mountains and paddle boarding as much as possible.
From composing poetry and prose to performing dance and theatre to creating paintings and short films, Devonie is a lifelong devotee of the arts in various forms — and is excited to share her passion with patients through Soul’s Palette Arts.
Devonie currently works as a writer, editor, and multimedia specialist for a renewable energy research laboratory and has a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her dog in the resplendent Rockies, exploring the world through travel, and belting out a good karaoke session.
Simmy is a native New Yorker (and pizza lover) with a lifelong love of arts and crafts, who enjoys making art quilts and wedding chuppahs. Fascinated by her own explorations of creativity, Simmy enjoys helping others tap into their inner knowing via the healing arts. She has an M.A. in Journalism, completed a polarity therapy certification program, and is a freelance writer living in Boulder.
Thank you to our recognized artist and volunteer Suzy Bates who shared her space with us during her Aerial Voyage Exhibit at Next Gallery. We had a great turnout, met some wonderful people, and enjoyed tasty snacks – the cookies were soft and chewy. Over 1,000 cranes were hung, think we’ll be granted a wish?
Getting ready for the exhibit, listening to music, hanging beautiful artwork, and sticking paper cranes onto the walls March 2014 at NEXT Gallery
At the March 21st opening of the Aerial Voyage Exhibit at Next Gallery, Soul’s Palette Arts was lucky enough to be able to share space with the featured artist Suzanne Bates. We featured artwork from our patients and also hung 1000 paper cranes symbolizing the Japanese legend of hope–make 1000 origami cranes & you will be granted a wish…
One of our featured artists, Susan Howard, explains how her crane poster (pictured below) represents her journey.
“This crane collage represents my journey with leukemia. I woke up one morning with this image in my head and decided to get to work right away. Orange is the symbolic color for leukemia and all of the orange cranes are flying off in my past. Green is the symbolic color for stem cell transplants and all of the green cranes are flying into my future, ultimately curing me of this disease.” - Susan Howard
From the book, Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley:
Turn your canvas or paper every 15 minutes or even 5 minutes if you are short on time. After every turn step back and see what is emerging. Add new elements with each turn. How does this feel? How does it look? Do you feel anxious or excited? Do you feel any resistance to changing your work?
Turning the paper provides new perspective and forces you, as an artist, to have your original vision be challenged. It frees the air from the feeling of needing to know what will be produced, of being perfect, and the freedom to loosen up. This is a meditative practice of letting go and not attaching to circumstances.
Feel free to add upload photos of your creation and I will update you on my own.
Another version of this project would be working on two canvases or paper, switching between them every 5/15 minutes. Challenge yourself to cover up 3/4ths of what you’ve previously painted. Work like this for 2 hours to build up four layers on each surface.
Nancy Culver moved to Denver with her husband and two daughters in 1995. She holds an A.A.S. Degree in Graphic Design Communications from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver. She has always had a passion for art and creativity and has become increasingly interested in how it can be used in the healing process. She believes the creative process can take us to a peaceful place where all the stress of life disappears.
Nancy started volunteering with the Healing Arts program in December 2013. Her favorite famous artist quote is “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.” – Vincent van Gogh
Tandy has enjoyed living and working in the Denver community for over 25 years, and joins Soul’s Palette Arts supporting the oncology and pediatric patients through her year long internship as a graduate expressive art therapy student. Now on her second career in expressive art therapy, Tandy has interned at Porter Hospital and addiction treatment facilities before joining our team. She holds a bachelors of science in Mass Communications from ASU, and is working on her Masters of Science in Counseling/Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College in Arizona.
She values her role as a wife, mother of a grown daughter, photographer (former videographer at the Las Vegas ABC News affiliate), gardener, digital artist, skier, and golfer. Tandy provides the bone marrow transplant patient with creative therapeutic activities in effort to lower their stress, improve coping skills, and aid in their healing process. Her motto is “Boredom is not an option.” More and more she spends a part of her time with patients showing them digital art apps on their personal tablets, as a majority of them are coming in with these portable image-making devices. The benefit of digital art making is patients can create anywhere, during chemo treatments, at home or in the hospital and the patients can easily share their artwork to family and friends with a click of a button. She engages with the pediatric patients either by their bedside or in small group activities held in the pediatric playrooms. She exudes passion in her role here and carries that love to the patients.