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Phoenix Center’s 'Wholeness’ an Exhibit of Emotional Healing

The Phoenix Center of Marble Falls and Marta Stafford Fine Art, 200 Main St. in Marble Falls, are hosting ‘Wholeness: Images of Integration and Self Expression’ through Friday, Sept. 21, at the gallery. The exhibit features mandalas created by youth who participate in Phoenix Center programs. The mandalas ‘are symbolic of the drive in every human — and child — towards wholeness, healing, and health.’ The exhibit is open during regular business hours and wraps up Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — Art changes lives, both those of the artists and the people taking it in.

You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy creating art. In fact, art is known for its therapeutic benefits for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills.

Now through Friday, Sept. 21, you can enjoy the works of youths who use art to ford difficult emotions and life struggles during the “Wholeness: Images of Integration and Self-Expression” exhibit at Marta Stafford Fine Art, 200 Main St. The exhibit is open during regular business hours and ends with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

It’s an annual event hosted by the studio and The Phoenix Center of Marble Falls. The center, which provides high-level mental health care for children who have experienced trauma, uses art therapy.

“Art serves as a less threatening way for children to express overwhelming emotions and nonverbally communicate what might be difficult to put into words,” according to a Phoenix Center media release. “Art can act as a ‘container’ for children’s overwhelming emotions and has been documented to reduce children’s anxieties as well as speed up a child’s processing of and recovery from difficult situations and emotions.”

“Wholeness: Images of Integration and Self-Expression” will feature mandalas, which the center describes as “art created within a circle because they are symbolic of the drive in every human being — and child — towards wholeness, healing, and health.”

The exhibit, which opened Sept. 18, showcases works from artists as young as 3 up to older teens.

The Phoenix Center of Marble Falls offers a variety of programs, groups, and services to help families. Go to phoenixtx.org for more information.

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