Healing through art adds momentum in Nelson

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is starting its 18th year of training professional art therapists.

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is starting its 18th year of training professional art therapists. The institute has an ongoing campus program in Nelson and a specialized distance program, with students from across Canada.

The institute is hosting two evening events that are open to all community members, donations are welcome. On September 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Nick Zwaagstra — their new director from Halifax — will speak about Bereavement (grief and loss), art therapy and creative expression.

At 7 p.m. on September 13, Martine Bedard and Andy Holmes, from Art for People, will give a presentation on their art projects and travels to different countries. The presentation will include an art show and open house at the institute. The sale of their paintings fund national and international art projects.

The Green Zone Open Studio is offered for families and individuals throughout the school year on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm, starting September 29. A teen open art studio is offered on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting September 27.

The institute is located on the second floor of 191 Baker Street.  Info: 250-352-2264 or online at kutenaiarttherapy.com.