How Does Art Contribute to Your Well-being?

April 24, 2014
Meredith Martin, The Eden Alternative
The arts have an ability to sooth, move, and inspire us. When our lives are touched by the creativity of others, we often feel “called” to get in touch with our own. With this in mind, conference-goers at the Eden Alternative International Conference next week will have the opportunity to experience and purchase the work of five Nashville area artists.  As Elders, each artist shares so eloquently below how art contributes to their well-being and how it has touched and enriched their lives and the lives of others….

Ann DoyleAnn G. Doyle…  “By having been born with the God-given ability to ‘do it!’ It made my family a living for fifty years, and it made me a happier person for ninety years. I had the good fortune to conceive, produce, and draw beautiful furniture for a fine store in Nashville, Tennessee. Along the way and beyond were oil paintings, watercolors, technical printmaking and memories: trips to America’s wilds and camaraderie with other artists. In short, art captures you . . . it gives you enthusiasm for life! It helps you to endure, and just plain keep-on-keeping-on.”


Robert Haines

Robert Haines…  I believe my photography contributes in many ways to my health and inner well-being. My main interest in photography is as a landscape photographer. This requires that I work very hard for every image that’s captured. Carrying more than twenty pounds of photographic equipment, climbing sometimes at high altitudes in the hills and mountains of this beautiful country is both wonderful exercise for good health but also inner reflection. This is not a sedentary activity. Along with the physical benefits, is the mental and social rewards. I meet people with similar interests in my travels, on the trails, at camera club meetings and events as well as in the class room learning about the latest new photo software.”


Cricket MessersmithCricket Messersmith…  Being creative is crucial to my well being. Having others like my work and actually purchase it for themselves or others makes me feel worthwhile and appreciated. I also write poetry, which improves my mind and helps me to think more clearly. Doing both is therapy and helps me to ‘live in the moment.'”


Jim PfefferJames Pfeffer…  Being an artist is: a way of life that comes from within one’s self wherein creativity is an intuitive process that happens naturally, more than a 9 to 5 job as creativity knows no limits in time and place, a constant renewal of learning and thought processes to help keep a positive, innovative and fresh point of view… in short, an artist never does it all nor hasn’t realized everything as there are always possibilities for improvement, new ideas or approaches (even to a same subject) and should allow ideas to be passed on in a teaching environment.”


Kathy TupperKathy Tupper…   From the simplest or the most complex idea or from no idea or plan at all, I can create magic puzzles for myself and bits of wonder to share with others. The processes of painting/drawing, sculpting, and writing take me out of myself to make this new thing with a life that grows on its own. It is a part of, and apart from­, me. I feel focused in production and amazed at the finish. I am exhilarated and in awe of the art I have made. How did I do that?”

Don’t miss your chance to leave the conference with a piece of beautiful original art.  Meet Ann, Robert, Cricket, James, and Kathy between 10-10:30 am and 12:30-1:00 pm on Friday, May 2nd, on the Legislative Terrace at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville hotel.

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Barbara Smullen
April 26, 2014 6:32 pm

What a glorious, joyous affirmation of life because of the freedom to “do it” so beautifully and in so many ways and contexts! Thank you!


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