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The Artistic Process, Therapy, and Growth: A Discussion

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Presenters: Terry Hanson, PhD and Peter Hopkins, MA

Friday January 24th, 2020

Socializing: 6:30-7pm

Presentation and Discussion: 7-9pm

In this informal evening event, we will look at the artistic process and its relation to psychotherapy and personal growth. We will view two short documentary style videos on the contemporary artists Vija Celmins and Liz Magor. Both women speak openly about their work and process, one as primarily a painter and the other a sculptor. The discussion to follow will focus on a number of topics, including the influence of art and the artistic process on therapy, as well as the impact of these two artists and their ideas on the group. The primary goal of this event will be to discuss together our experience of listening to these women, as well as our own experience of the relation of art, non-linear thought, emotional and aesthetic experience, both in therapy and in other aspects of our lives. Terry and Peter will provide various personal and clinical examples, and the group will also be encouraged to share from their own experience as well. This event is open to anyone interested in art and its influence on human growth.

Food and beverages will be provided.


Free to COR Members, $20 to Non-COR Members

2 CEU Credits Available for extra $10

Free parking is available


Vija Celmins is a Latvian-American artist working in New York, primarily as a painter, but also creating an extensive body of photorealistic drawings and sculpture. Her detailed images, often of the natural world, appear deceptively simple and straightforward. Deeply evocative and methodical, Celmins works over periods of time to produce such things as layered images of star fields or detailed images of the waves on an ocean surface. Earlier in her career she focused on commonplace objects such as lamps, a hotplate, or a heater.


Liz Magor is a Canadian artist and sculpture working out of Vancouver. She uses domestic and familiar objects along with molded and cast items, and presents them in evocative contexts. “Art, [she] says, is the place where our perceptions are opened and examined for prolonged periods of time. Much longer, she suggests, than in our day-to-day encounters withe the visual world, where we tend to interpret given signs in fixed ways, and where our first impressions are usually consolidated by our second.”




About the Presenters

Terry Hanson,PhD has been involved in both COR and the Northwest Alliance for many years and has served as the Alliance President. He has his practice in Seattle.







Peter Hopkins, MA serves on the board of directors and as secretary for COR. A graduate of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, he has a therapy practice in Seattle working with adults and adolescents.







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