JANUARY 2021 SPOTLIGHT
with Andi aka ABG
Feeling exhausted from the lack of social interaction, what's going on in the news and stress from New Year resolutions? You're not alone. You need a little creative meditation to boost your energy, cultivate reflection and slow down as a way to deal with uncertainty.
“Art is a guarantee to sanity,” said Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist. For Bourgeois, art — making art — was a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion in a Washington Post article*
Facilitated by Andi aka ABG, we invite you to explore the freedom of making without judgement, be nourished from reconnecting with your creative self and collaborate with your community.
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This Washington Post article talks about art as a form of meditation and self connection. The research indicates that happiness may be less a matter of experiencing sharp highs (often followed by deep lows), and more a matter of nurturing a space that provides stability and a constant connection to our true selves.
Making art can help us tap into our inner child, a deeper and more quiet part of ourselves. It's a practice that allows us to accept our thoughts and feelings without judgement. By loving what we make, we build self love. By grounding our thoughts on our breath, we release tension.
This method is less about outcome and more about process, of being present in the moment and experiencing a flow state. By shifting our attention to ordinary patterns, we open our minds to experience awe and wonder in ordinary shapes, leaving you with heightened awareness and a memory of your self care to ground your future self.
#You can draw! Practice self love
#Quiet the inner critic
#Decrease stress response
#Reduce the effects of burnout
#Break through creative blocks
#Find fun and joy
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ANDI aka ABG
As a mixed media artist, Andrea Bonney Gould is energized by the breadth of mediums and techniques that she has had the privilege to explore. Pen and ink, acrylic, oils, spray paint, collage and printmaking are tools that she uses to tell her story.
Andrea's figurative work often explores themes of isolation: objects sharing a space but not interacting or interior landscapes that have been forgotten in time. Her abstract work explores the energy of a line in space and how these lines create areas of isolation, connection or frenetic energy.
While Andrea has been painting and making since she was a teenager, it is in the current phase of life that she has found her voice, connected with her passion and learned to be authentic with her art. This maturity has created new opportunities for experimentation, exploration, and enjoying a new way of approaching her work.
Currently living in Boston, her career merges art, design and business while her home life includes her husband, two daughters, rescue dog, and five chickens. Andrea has the privilege to be the Artist in Residence for the How Was Your Run Today? podcast and a past brand ambassador for Run 4 All Women.
When she's not making, Andrea loves to move and you might find her at boxing, nia, yoga, gravoxy, running or embracing community with November Project.
We believe small lifestyle changes will help people progress in their health and wellness journey. Healthero is designing collaborative spaces to experiment with little shifts to help you discover what delights and feels good to you.
Lemongrass Lounge is the first such space where we are bringing together anyone who has ever been curious about integrative healing modalities like sound meditation, with experts in the area, so that they can connect and have honest and open conversations about its potential benefits and be inspired to try something new.
Over time, we hope to create different interest-based spaces where people with a common purpose can interact and be nourished by positive energies.