Biking While Social Distancing
Following the recent flooding in Baton Rouge and many other parishes throughout Louisiana, the Art Therapy Pedalers are offering an art therapy experience to anyone interested. Please pass this information along to anyone who may need a moment of creative, rejuvenating activity.
Art Therapy Pedalers on the radio
The Art Therapy Pedalers will be appearing on the "OutSpokin" radio show on Tuesday, October 6. It's on WHIV, which can be heard at www.whivfm.org or 102.3 FM on Tuesday night from 7 pm to 8 pm. We hope you'll tune in!
Also, if you want to join in some artmaking, Holly is doing therapeutic art making groups at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center Monday nights in October:
5:45 to 6:45 for teens, and 7:00 to 8:00 for adults.
It's $15 and no registration is required.
Just show up, make art, and feel good!
As we come to the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Art Therapy Pedalers are planning events to encourage creativity in the city we love. We will be riding around New Orleans on Saturday, August 29th, and making art with people in different neighborhoods. Then, we will be facilitating a free art-making event that afternoon at the Keller Library in Broadmoor. Please join us! See the flyers below for more information on this event and other upcoming art therapy opportunities in the New Orleans area.
Art for Disaster Relief
The Art Therapy Pedalers visited Nepal last year (not on bikes, of course), and we have been devastated to see the terrible effects of the earthquakes. We are hosting an artmaking event in New Orleans to raise funds for disaster relief. As always, no artistic skills are needed. Just a willingness to relax and make art in a supportive environment. Here are the details: Wednesday, May 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Euphorbia Kava Bar, 8726 Oak Street. $15 donation goes to the International Medical Corps. Adults only. Hope to see you there!
Valentine's Day Art Event
This is not an Art Therapy Pedalers sanctioned event, mostly because there is a fee. But if you're in New Orleans, you should come. Both of your favorite Art Therapy Pedalers will be there!
The Art Therapy Pedalers will be at the Draw-a-Thon from 10 am to 12 pm. Here is some information on the event, which has moved to 519 Elysian Fields: http://press-street.org/drawathon/
Hope to see everyone there!
We made it! November 4, 2014
We made it to New Orleans! Holly, Bert, both bikes (Scout and Curly Sue), and the mobile art therapy trailer (Booty) all arrived at our destination on November 4, 2014, without falling apart. Our expected breezy ride into the city along the levee trail crashed into the reality of a massive levee-raising construction project. So, instead of coasting like champions on the levee into Audubon Park, we were forced to gut it out on River Road for the final 5 miles with no shoulder, no safe stopping point, and many irritable drivers. Finally, to our surprise, we were greeted with a bicycle lane. Good job, New Orleans! Thanks for acknowledging us! We immediately road a victory lap around Audubon Park, and then went to our friends Pam and Lee's house to make art. We just can't stop.
Which brings us to our next point: our project isn't over! We are still riding our bikes and making art around New Orleans. We spent a day at the Harriet Tubman Charter School on the West Bank, and there is an free artmaking event this weekend in Algiers. Be sure to check the calendar, and also subscribe for updates (there is a button on the home page and then you have to confirm with an email that will probably go to your junk box). You can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/arttherapypedalers). These are all ways to find out when the book is coming out, when the art show is happening, and when we are making art at your house, as well as any other upcoming events. Thank you all for helping us spread the artmaking message up and down the country!
We crossed the state line into Louisiana and Holly swore she could hear the parades waiting for us in New Orleans. It is both exciting and sad to be so close to our destination. But there is still much bike riding to do, and even more art to be made. Stay tuned for announcements of events throughout New Orleans, especially the art exhibit; if you live in NOLA, don't be surprised if we show up at your doorstep with art supplies sometime in the next two weeks.
Making art in the Delta
Riding through the flat, cotton-filled landscape of the Mississippi Delta, sometimes we don't see people for hours at a time. However, when we do get to a town, the people we meet are so incredibly friendly and helpful. So, here are several photos of people making art, followed by a few photos of the kind souls who saved us and made our trip possible.
Holly M. Wherry ATR-BC, LPC