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Meet Shauna Perry!

Organization, Visual Arts / August 23, 2016


Shauna holds a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado as well as a registered art therapist. Shauna has provided counseling and art therapy to children, adolescents, and families from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She has offered art therapy and counseling to clients in hospital, home based, camp, and school based settings. She currently serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Art Therapy Association of Colorado.

Shauna values the art process as an active approach to healing; she is holistic, strength based, and person centered. During art therapy sessions the client is encouraged to directly participate in the act of creating in order to access and express their innate wisdom and unique healing abilities. Art therapy methods are also used to offer a vehicle for the safe expression of emotions, empowerment, as well as to promote meaningful expression during times of loss and adjustment.

Shauna creates her own art for relaxation, self- awareness, and personal growth. She enjoys oil painting, mixed media, and clay work.

Welcome Angela Wibben, Music Therapist

Music, Organization / March 17, 2016

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Angela K. Wibben, MM, MT-BC, has been a board certified music therapist within adult and pediatric medical settings since 2013. She has been an integral member of hospital interdisciplinary teams for pediatric and adult oncology, NICU, PICU, ICU, pediatric pain management, and general medical-surgical units.

Angela has additional professional training and experience in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU and Medical Music Therapy practices and protocols, as well as drum circle facilitation.

She is a Bachelor of Arts prepared percussionist from the University of Arizona and completed her Master of Music, in Music Therapy, from Colorado State University in 2012.

Danielle Rifkin – Art Therapist

Blog, Organization / December 4, 2014


Danielle Rifkin recently graduated from Naropa University with a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Art Therapy. As an experienced counselor and art therapist at The Denver Hospice, her work supported families through the grief process. Her training and experience throughout graduate school and beyond includes working with women survivors of sex trafficking on a service learning trip in Cambodia, supporting the Naropa Community Art Studio as a mentor to elders and people with mental illness, and facilitating a variety of art groups for populations such as adopted children, LGBT youth, children with epilepsy, and families.

As an art therapist, she uses art materials and the creative process, to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop coping skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Working through a transpersonal lens, she takes a holistic approach and believes that clients have the impulse and capacity to self-heal. With a strong focus on mindfulness, she welcomes openness to spiritual and existential questions. Incorporating client-centered, positive psychology and gestalt theories, Danielle brings inquisitiveness, empathy and genuineness to each client. She incorporates the teachings of Alan Wolfelt, who encourages the role of ‘companioning,’ which emphasizes the importance of being present to another person’s pain without trying to fix it.

Nichole Simpson

Blog, Organization / December 4, 2014



Nichole Simpson considers herself from Colorado, having lived here for the past 20 years, graduating high school in Elizabeth Colorado and then going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree with a minor in Art History from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Having been a pediatric patient at the old Children’s Hospital during her junior year of high school, Simpson understands patients’ desire for a creative program within the hospital structure during long-term stays to promote a different type of healing than the treatment they are in the hospital for. Through the use of her knowledge and experience with photography, painting, glass mosaic art, and paper crafting, Simpson strives to find and create projects to capture the interest of many patient populations.

Lissa A. Forbes

Organization / October 7, 2014

Lissa, diagnosed with AML with FLT3 (early relapse gene) on 9/24/13, received SCT on January 30, 2014. Excited to join the Healing Arts Program as a volunteer, she looks forward to working with patients using creative writing, photography and images, and drumming for healing. Lissa has created a bulletin board of her artwork on the third floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s just outside the BMT North Unit.


Photo taken by Cynthia Lockhart/Director of Healing Arts, June 2014

She has experience in creative writing, self-publishing, public speaking, digital art, and is learning about healing drumming. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing and has worked with authors to create their own life story books.

Lissa self-published Write from the Inside: Dig for Treasures, Discover Yourself, Leave a Legacy, a show-and-tell book on how to write your life story, and The Stroll, a photo-journal, mostly of Colorado trails she walked with her trusty pup, Kobi .

She is largely self-taught in the world of digital art. Lissa believes she came into this life with creativity flowing in her veins. It started out as with most of us–crayons, coloring books, finger paints. It developed in the same way we learn to walk–step by step. If she’s not creating, she’s not living!

, like Melissa without the “me”



Organization / August 1, 2014

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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.

Sharon Schatz

Organization / May 27, 2014

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.

Devonie McCamey

Organization / May 27, 2014

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.


Organization / May 2, 2014

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.

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Soul’s Palette Art Exhibit

Organization, Visual Arts / March 29, 2014

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…

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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 Art Gallery 2