Kids facing crises express themselves in art

A unique and exciting children’s art show opens Tuesday night at the Tidemark Theatre

A unique and exciting children’s art show opens Tuesday night at the Tidemark Theatre.

Running just until Oct. 19, “Our Journey: Expressions Through Art” is a collection of  art created by children and youth who have received services at Campbell River Family Services Society.

The counsellors at Campbell River Family Services Society often use creative means when working with children, especially in those cases where there may have been trauma or abuse.

As explained by the British Columbia Art Therapy Association, “Thought and feeling often reach expression in images rather than words…through the use of art therapy, feelings and inner conflicts can be projected into visual form.”

This amazing collection of art showcasing the creations of children as young as six years of age has been made possible through a grant from the Campbell River Community Foundation and in partnership with the Tidemark Theatre and the Campbell River Arts Council.

“The creativity, originality and feelings expressed by the artists through their work is a reflection of their individuality and resilience,” said Camille Lagueux, executive director of Family Services.

“We hope that everyone in Campbell River will join us in celebrating these young artists by stopping in to view the exhibit.”

Marion Bryan, a clinical counsellor, uses art therapy regularly in her work with youth has witnessed the powerful effect that art therapy has in helping them access their feelings.

“Creating art therapeutically is more about the process of play, than about a finished product – although the finished product is quite profound,” she says.

“Creating in this way is often instinctive and taps into thoughts, feelings, memories and ideas that go beyond verbal language. We hope that you enjoy the show and feel honoured at being invited to glimpse a small piece of each child and youth’s inner world.”

Our Journey: Expressions Through Art will be open for public viewing from Oct. 15-19, in the lobby from noon to 4 p.m.