Art is all around us…Like so many creative people, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D. toyed with the idea of becoming an artist. She explains, “I dabbled with the idea of being an artist when in college. I attended Rhode Island School of Design for a summer to check out the possibility, but decided the life of an artist was too lonely and unlikely to provide an adequate income.” She decided to go the practical route and became a psychologist, but wanted to somehow keep it a part of her life. “Initially, I approached art sideways by specializing in creativity and writing a creativity curriculum for educators, which was my first book,” she continued. “Later, I circled round to my own creativity, first by illustrating my own books and more recently by curating and participating in art exhibitions.”
Her love of art inspired her to organize a group exhibition spotlighting the work of psychologists who are also artists. Now in its third year, the group exhibition, “Mirrors of the Mind 3:The Psychotherapist as Artist” will take place on November 1. The exhibition stresses the importance of creativity and the power of art to educate, inspire, and honor all types of authentic artistic expressions.
The event is unusual in that it merges together psychologists who are also artists. This includes visual arts, music and poetry too. The exhibition will showcase many mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork and other 3-D pieces created by psychologists/psychotherapists, psychology professors, and psychology graduate students.
“The growth-provoking potential of creating art is clear in our own community of psychotherapist artists,” said Pamela McCrory, PhD., assistant curator of the exhibition. “Creativity in one area appears to foster creativity in others. I believe that creativity kindles the power of imagination, which is an important, often under-recognized, faculty within psychotherapy.”
“Mirrors of the Mind 3” is presented by LACPA’s Community Outreach Committee in which both Terry Marks-Tarlow and Pamela McCrory are co-chairs. The not for profit organization is dedicated towards increasing the awareness of the general public about mental health issues, the profession of psychology, and LACPA.
Don’t miss the opening reception this special exhibition on November 1, from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy a poetry reading hosted by Robert Carroll, M.D., from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. There will also be a silent Art Auction running from 5 to 9 pm and performancesthroughout the night. Mirrors of the Mind 1 and 2 Exhibition Art Books for saleLight refreshments will be provided.
The event is open to the public with an admission of $10. There is a reduced admission charge of $5 for both students and LACPA members. The general public can view the exhibit, free of charge from November 1 through 8 at ArtShare LA, located at 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013;(213) 687-4278; See the ArtShare LA website for gallery hours at http://artsharela.org/
For more information about “Mirrors of the Mind 3,” see the LACPA website http://www.lapsych.org/.