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March 14, 2014

Open studio offers healing for artists



Of course, Dvorak said he has enjoyed making friends during the classes.

“I love it. It’s great socialization,” he said. “Ms. Lawson, if you have a question about how to do something she has great advice. I don’t really have an artist background but I’ve learned so much. It’s great for all of us to get together.”

Elder said FAC exhibits Healing Studio work every year. The goal with the annual exhibit is for artists to feel a sense of accomplishment, as well as help create a dialogue between the artists and their viewers.

“Somebody is saying something and it’s up to us to come in and listen,” Elder said on why the public should come to this exhibit. “That’s the whole viewing experience.”

For Dvorak, exhibiting his work fills him with a sense of pride.

“Oh, man, I think it’s wonderful. I am thrilled to death just to have the Firehouse show some of my stuff. It’s unbelievable. That in itself to me, for them to say bring your stuff on to show it — that’s cool,” he said. “I don’t think they say it to everybody. They must like some of the things I do. I just love to create. It’s great inspiration.”

For anyone contemplating joining the Healing Studio class, Dvorak said he knows it can make a difference for them, too.

“It’s unfortunate that some people are not positive and sometimes I’m not positive all the time. Crud, I get my down moments — everybody does,” he said. “But heck, it’s not the way to be. I hate having to feel down sometimes but sometimes I do. But art seems to really help. It helps me forget my problems a little bit.”

For more information on FAC and the Healing Studio visit or call 405-329-4523.

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