Tabletop of art supplies. Creating art for mental wellness and joy.
Tabletop of art supplies. Creating art for mental wellness and joy.
Photo by Sarah Brown on Unsplash

Why Make Art if You’re Not an Artist?

Lots of everyday people make art with no expectation that their work will be displayed in a gallery or sold for big bucks. Their work may not fit the definition of artist as listed in Dictionary.com: “A person whose work exhibits exceptional skill,” or, “A person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor.” So why do they do it? What are the benefits? What keeps them committed and connected to their art?

Mask in-progress during COVID-19. Art improves mental wellness.
Mask in-progress during COVID-19. Art improves mental wellness.
In-progress masks by Pam Meister
Painting with blues and greens. Art brings joy, even when you’re not a formal artist.
Painting with blues and greens. Art brings joy, even when you’re not a formal artist.
Poured acrylic painting by Kathy Thompson
A large hanging quilt. Art and crafts build our mental health.
A large hanging quilt. Art and crafts build our mental health.
Quilt by Deb Beckman
Fall leaves turning color in Sweden. Photography is one way to build joy and contentment.
Fall leaves turning color in Sweden. Photography is one way to build joy and contentment.
Photo of low growing blueberries by Ulla Thompson
Painting of flowers in a pitcher. Arts such as painting improve our mental health.
Painting of flowers in a pitcher. Arts such as painting improve our mental health.
Flowers by Kristine McLean

Blending art & mental wellness. Therapist. Curator. Savvy museum visitor. Traveler. Ever curious. Asheville. www.artformentalwellness.com.

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