Nacogdoches exhibit features art from children who attended grief camp

WEBXTRA: SFA art exhibit features work from children who attended grief camp during the summer

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University is showcasing “The Color of Grief ” art exhibit in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“The Color of Grief” features art created by children attending a youth grief camp through Hospice in the Pines.

“This exhibit showcases the existential and spiritual reality children experience in the loss of a loved one, such as a parent or sibling,” according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries. “Through the expression of art, the inner truth, layers and stages of grief are revealed.”

These small paintings on canvas were created by children ages 4 through 16.

“Each work of art is a living tribute to and bridge between the land of the living and those who have transitioned beyond this life,” Handley said.

The idea came after children took part in the 4rd annual Grief Camp with the Hospice In The Pines said Shanna Averett, bereavement coordinator.

“We wanted to get what the kids are doing out into the community so that other people can really see what they’re working through and so that they can take part in that and just get an ideal on how much these kids are really learning and being able to express themselves through art,” Averett said.

Averett said children able to express their story on canvas --- in hope to create transformation.

“Its a way that they can truly express themselves without fear, or judgment anything like that that could really stop them from opening just up,” Averett said.

The children used water color to create the brush strokes and various colors to expressed his or her vision, of emotion and story.

A reception for “The Color of Grief” is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cole Art Center. Art exhibitions and receptions are sponsored by William Arscott, the Flower Shop, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Friends of the Visual Arts. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.Art exhibit called the

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