Art Affects, LLC provides groups and individuals the opportunity to benefit from discussion based art workshops designed to promote healthy personal development.

 

 Art Affects, LLC workshops are non-diagnostic and are not intervention based. Their purpose is not to seek out or treat issues, but to address topics pertaining to your organization’s goals.

 

Art Affects, LLC should not replace existing forms of counseling, mental or emotional therapies. The main purpose is to promote openness and communication often leading to improvements in mental and emotional wellbeing.  

 

We can work closely with your clinical team to create appropriate curriculum for the clients you serve.

News

October 2018

 

 

 

 

Art Affects and Urban Youth Impact family night.

 

Art Affects was featured in this month's Urban Youth Impact newsletter. 

 

See the full story!

September 2018

 

 

 

 

Art Affects, LLC is celebrating its sixth anniversary

 

Founded in September 2012, Art Affects has been utilizing guided artistic expression to benefit the wellness of its clients every day!  

June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Affects' Expressive Arts Facilitator, Jessica Aloise MSW RCSWI, shares her passion for what we do at the Behavioral Network and Resources EMP Conference.  

April 2018

Art Affects' Expressive Arts Facilitator, Sarah Gualtieri (left) and Founder, Catherine Rich (right), share their artwork at the VSA Teaching Artist Collection.

February 2018

2018 Partnership with VSA and Citrus Grove

In partnership with VSA, the state organization on arts and disabilities, students of Citrus Grove Elementary are busy creating beautiful works of art and preparing for this year's art exhibit at the Elliot museum!  Dates to be announced.  

December 2017

Happy Holidays from the Art Affects Facilitator Team!

November 2017- Gratitude and Transformations

Jewelry Making with VSA

Furniture Restoration

Art Affects facilitator and owner, Catherine Rich was asked to create recovery based curriculum designed around refurbishing an old bed. This bed had seen better days and had even weathered hurricane Irma in the Keys!  The piece needed a lot of attention and hard work to peel away the layers of life.  Even the staff joined in to form a community of people dedicated to making this transformation!

 

We used the furniture as a metaphor for the addict. The trials and tribulations that we all face through life's journey as well as addiction itself often leave us bruised and battered, tattered and torn, and in a sense like this old bed. During recovery we must tear away the layers and address the issues beneath. Only by doing so will we be able to rebuild. And hopefully, like this bed, we will come out better off for the journey we have taken.

 

October 2017

Fall Fun!

VSA Furniture Restoration and Painted Picnic Table

July 2017- Art and Recovery- Radio Broadcast

Art Affects owner Catherine Rich and teaching artist Lindsey Duncan along with Rachel Spiller, ATR were special guests on the Family Center for Recovery radio show about art and recovery.

 

July 2017- Urban Youth Impact

UYI's Summer Jam Art Affects SMART students are creating beautiful art to coincide with our #SJAM2017 theme - Under Construction. From our "Building Bridges" theme to "Building Faith" these footprints in the sand expressed finding confidence in obstacles.

Ever wonder what goes into an Art Affects workshop?  

Beyond writing curriculum for the specific populations being served, a lot goes into providing each workshop.  Often our team is busy preparing materials long before they reach the hands of our clients.  Below, Art Affects team member, Courtney Himick carefully prepares hand made masks using plaster and plastic mask forms.  Her creations are just the beginning of a beautiful process of self-expression.

Spring 2017- Urban Youth Impact

Posted from Urban Youth Impact's Facebook Page 

We are so thankful for our partnership with Art Affects, LLC in Jupiter, Florida. They have provided just what they stand for, a healthy outlet for expressing ourselves and our emotions through art which helps us develop as young people.

In this particular class we created hands while discussing the positive aspects of our lives, and how we can use our own hands to better our community. What are you doing with your hands to build up your community?

Photo credits go to Robyn Barkley of Robyn Barkley Photography of South Florida and her photography students!

Heroes in Recovery 6K- June, 2017

The Art Affects team supported the annual Heroes in Recovery 6K as a sponsor and as runners!

Student Mural at Stuart Middle School- May 2017

Martin County VSA Student Exhibit at the Elliot Museum- April 2017

For the past few months, Art Affects Owner, Catherine Rich has served as a teaching artist to five ESE classrooms in Martin County.  On April 20th, artwork from students from three of those classrooms was featured at the Elliot Museum exhibit opening.  The exhibit will be open to the public until Mother's Day.  

Light It Up Blue!- April 2017

This year's annual Johnny Q's Light it up Blue event was a great success.  Art Affects Owner, Catherine Rich, and Art Affects Facilitator and Administrative Assistant, Courtney Himick, attended and provide face painting in support of Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches.

Best Buddies Charity Dinner at Jupiter Middle School- March 2017

Art Affects partnered with Mrs. Capparelli's class at Jupiter Middle School to create a one of a kind picnic table to brighten the school courtyard and to be enjoyed by all.  Artwork created by Mrs. Capparelli's students during Art Affects workshops was displayed for the annual Best Buddies Charity Dinner held on March 1st.  Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Jewelry Making Residency in Partnership with VSA- January 2017

Learning New Skills in Retirement- Seascape Paintings- December 2016

Personification of Anger

Digory the Donkey painted for Tomorrow's Rainbow by Art Affects owner Catherine Rich

 

Tomorrow's Rainbow is a special place for children that have experienced the death of a loved one. By incorporating miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support, children are given the tools necessary to take their own personal grief journey in a way that is meaningful to them.

 

Tomorrow's Rainbow Website

Our Mural Time Lapse Videos are Finally Here!

Sand Casting and Wire Wrapping Beach Workshop

December 2016

Relapse Prevention- Barriers in Recovery

Visual Arts for Individuals with Visual Impairments

Art Affects partnered with VSA and Lighthouse for the Blind of Palm Beaches to provide visual arts workshops to individuals with visual impairments.  The program lasted four weeks and included a variety of modalities all highlighting these young artists amazing abilities.

 

VSA- Palm Beach County

Lighthouse 

 

 

 

New Day Adult Care Center's Annual Shopping Day- 2016

 

In November Art Affects participated in the New Day Shopping Day event!  The event featured artwork made by the clients of New Day during Art Affects workshops and helped to raise money for this worthy cause.  We met some great people and were able to express our love of art with the community.

 

 

Our Stories 

 

A living art piece in which clients contribute wisdom, thoughts, and stories to inspire others in recovery.

Fall with Art Affects

Art Affects, LLC celebrates its 4 year anniversary! - September 2016

Jupiter Lighthouse- Acrylic, Catherine Rich
Jupiter Lighthouse- Acrylic, Catherine Rich

This month marks the fourth year that Art Affects has provided art programming to the clients of human service organizations in Southern Florida.  "It feels like only yesterday that I was thinking about how I could use my passion to help others in my community.  What began as a one-woman show has now grown to a team of dedicated and talented art professionals who help others each day through guided artistic expression.  I am so proud of what Art Affects has become and all of the healing that we are involved in every day," says Art Affects' founder Catherine Rich.  Art Affects provides daily art programming to a variety of populations throughout Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties.  "We are so grateful to our customers who have trusted us these past four years to provide top notch-artistic programming for their clients and we are dedicated to continuing to provide this excellence for many years to come."

 

Change Your Frame of Reference- August 2016

Art Affects Helps Orchid Recovery Celebrate 12 Years!

It's Written on My Face- Clay Sculpting

Recovery Mural- June 2016

Painted by Owner, Catherine Rich and Workshop Facilitator, Lindsey Duncan pictured below.

Overcoming Barriers

8 Week Artist Residency and Art Show at Citrus Grove Elementary- March- May 2016

Lunafest- March 24th, 2016

On March 24th 2016 Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society hosted Lunafest, a distinctive touring film festival that honors the talents and stories of women everywhere through a series of short films.

The proceeds of Lunafest go to LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to identifying and advocating for the elimination of environmental causes of the disease.

This is Art Affects' third year supporting Lunafest.  Art Affects, LLC believes that everyone can benefit from the healing nature of art and creativity and it is because of this belief that Art Affects chose to donate a "healing arts basket" that was included to help raise money for this worthy cause.  

Autism Speaks Charity Dinner- Jupiter Middle School of Technology- March 2nd, 2016

In collaboration with Mrs. Roisin Capparelli's class, Art Affects, LLC created three one-of-a-kind chairs to be auctioned at this year's Autism Speaks Charity Dinner.  Funds raised during the event will help Autism Speaks to continue in its mission to conduct research and spread awareness of autism.

Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches

 

The students of Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches participated in a painting workshop.  The resulting paper was combined to create a collaborative collage.  Connections Education Center provides exemplary educational services to students, regardless of where the student falls on the autism spectrum. 

Connections Education Center

Addiction and Behavioral Health Executive Panel Series- February 23rd, 2016

Art Affects, LLC was one of only 14 exhibitors featured at this quarter's sold out Executive Panel Series.

 

Learn more about future events below. 

 

This is a quarterly event at the Herb Skolnick Community Center, in Pompano Beach, FL featuring panels of Executives and Thought Leaders in Addiction and Behavioral Health. It will cover “HOT” topics every quarter and give attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on better business practices, billing, drug testing, licensure, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry. Each event will also reveal LinkedIn SECRETS, TIPS, and Back-Doors to maximizing LinkedIn by the national industry Leader on LinkedIn (CLICK HERE)

Rockers in Recovery- Love of Recovery- February 13th, 2016

South Florida Rockers Unite To Fight Addiction at the 5th Annual - Love of Recovery Music Festival - February 13, 2016 11AM - 11:00PM - The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028.

 

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3rd Annual Run for Recovery- 5K- November 21st, 2015

Art Affects participated in the 3rd annual Run for Recovery supporting Fern House: Residential Rehabilitation for Men.  It was a morning of fun, fellowship, and sweat as we continued the effort to break the stigma attached to the disease of addiction. 

 

Art Table Renovation

Our old wooden art tables had seen better days and needed a lot of tlc.

We used the tables as a metaphor for the addict. The trials and tribulations that we all face through life's journey as well as addiction itself often leave us bruised and battered, tattered and torn, and in a sense like our old art tables. During recovery we must tear away the layers and address the issues beneath. Only by doing so will we be able to rebuild. And hopefully, like our tables, we will come out better off for the journey we have taken.

 

Reprogramming Habitual Patterns

Concentric Circles- July 2015

A Hundred Ripples

Drop a stone into the water

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say an unkind word this moment'

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say a word of cheer and splendor-

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples.

Circling on and on and on.


-Author Unknown

 

 

South Florida Special Olympics- Saturday April 11, 2015

Art Affects founder, Catherine Rich and workshop facilitator, Eric Olson were featured as this years' VSA teaching artists at the South Florida Special Olympics on April 11th at John I. Leonard Community High School in Greenacres, Florida.  VSA is the state organization on arts and disability. This year, the athletes and their families participated in creating a collaborative 3 dimensional sculpture.  

April 25, 2015

Art Affects helped to sponsor this years' Heroes in Recovery 6K race bright and early on April 25th in Coconut Creek, Florida.  

Eye to Eye

January 2015

The eyes have long been viewed as the windows to the soul.  Throughout the world and across both time and culture humans have shared this idea.  The eyes are able to convey so much about a person - hurt, happiness, worry, wisdom...


During this workshop the participants attempt to capture the message within each of our souls through a depiction of our eyes.  


Our pasts 

Our struggles

Our triumphs

Our characters 

And our messages


What can you see in our eyes?


What if people could see the world as you do?

What if they could see through your eyes?


Holiday Art Night With Friends

Gals Night, December 2014

Sometimes girls (or boys) just want to have fun!  Recently Art Affects was delighted to bring the joy of art and the season to some local young artists.  Participants explored clay sculpting techniques while creating whimsical snowmen just in time to trim the trees.  

Holiday Ornaments at Renaissance Learning Center

December 2014

The Renaissance Learning Center is a nonprofit Palm Beach County charter school, serving children with autism ages 3 - 14.  During Art Affects workshops, the students of RLC participate in art projects designed to stimulate mental and emotional activity while fostering creative expression.  The workshops are not only therapeutic; they are fun.   A growing body of research suggests that art activities have numerous mental, emotional, and even physical benefits. 


Individuals on the spectrum are often visual learners.  As such, art is a powerful tool for working with them.  Art has the capacity to improve self-esteem, advance communication and self-expression and increase socialization with this population.  Participating in art activities can have a calming and nurturing effect on the individual but also enriches the community.  “I love to see the students embracing new ways of connecting with the world around them," says Catherine Rich, Art Affects' founder.


November 2014

September 2014

Landscape Painting at New Day Adult Care Center

September 2014

Members of the Sunshine Club at New Day learned watercolor landscape painting techniques and created these beautiful pieces.

 

New Day Adult Care Center offers seniors a safe, supervised, home-like environment with wellness activities, intergenerational programming, personal care, excellent nutrition, and medical supervision. Participants attend New Day during the day and return to their home and loved ones in the evening.

 

 

Assisted Living Collage

Community Collage at The Gardens Court Rehabilitation Center

April 2014

 

Patients at The Gardens Court recently explored their artistic side and honored their contributions to the community by painting small wooden pieces to be included in a community collage.

 

The objective of the workshop was to explore how the contributions of each member help strengthen and bring beauty to the community as a whole, as well as, to celebrate the individual contributions and accomplishments of the participants.  

 

The piece will be framed and displayed for all to enjoy in the community room at The Gardens Court.

Art Affects at Lunafest 2014

Lunafest Donation

Necklace donation by Art Affects helped raise money for breast cancer research

Jupiter, FL, March 2014-

 

On March 20th 2014 Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society will host Lunafest, a distinctive touring film festival that honors the talents and stories of women everywhere through a series of short films. 

 

Fifteen percent of the proceeds of Lunafest will go to LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to identifying and advocating for the elimination of environmental causes of the disease.

 

In addition to films by, for and about women, Lunafest will also feature refreshments, a raffle, and information by local organizations supporting women’s interests.

 

One such organization is Art Affects, LLC a local, and woman owned business.  This year the donation of a handmade necklace and earring set by Art Affects founder, Catherine Rich will be included in the Lunafest raffle.  

 

“When I heard about Lunafest and the causes that it supports, I knew that Art Affects should be involved,” said Catherine.  

 

Catherine lost her mother at a young age to a battle with breast cancer.  In her adult life, Catherine has felt strongly about advocating for and supporting breast cancer research.   “I look forward to the day that this disease will no longer take mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters from their families,” said Catherine.  

 

In honor of her mother, Catherine designed a pink, breast cancer necklace and earring set to be included in the fundraiser.  “I am so pleased to be a part of this exciting event and to honor a wonderful, strong, and beautiful mother as well as all women who are touched by this terrible disease.”

Florida News Weekly Article

December 2013, the partnership between Art Affects, LLC and New Day Adult Care Center was recently featured in an article in the Florida News Weekly.

 

Check it out!

 

Art Affects founder with a client of New Day: Adult Care Center
Art Fun at New Day!

Jewelry Workshops

Jewelry making is not only a very useful skill, but participants gain pride and self-worth while creating beautiful and useful works of art. Clients often joke about the "work orders" they receive from family and friends after they are seen wearing their elegant, hand-made pieces.

 

For clients who struggle with fine motor skills or arthritis, it can also be a useful tool in building range of motion and strength.

 

Groups work around a single table, sharing stories, ideas, assisting and supporting one another, and enjoying a strengthened sense of community.

Mandalas

During this workshop, clients employed the use of Mandalas, a form of eastern meditation and art, to create representation of their selves and their individual universe.

 

Watercolor Flower Greeting Cards

In My Hands

 

We all hold remarkable power in our minds and bodies and our hands are the tools that we use to make wonderful changes in our world and community.

 

This workshop allowed the clients of New Day Adult Care Center to described the different things that their hands have done.

 

We discussed and shared stories about our memories including; What have our hands held? A baby? Another’s hand? A diploma? A tool? A wedding ring? What have our hands created? A family? A meal? A piece of art? What have our hands built? A home? A business?

 

Participants traced and decorated their hands to represent their individual accomplishments and the power they each possess.

 

The individual's hands were put together on a community tree to represent the power we have to influence and contribute to our community.In My Hands

 

We all hold remarkable power in our minds and bodies and our hands are the tools that we use to make wonderful changes in our world and community.

 

This workshop allowed the clients of New Day Adult Care Center to described the different things that their hands have done.

 

We discussed and shared stories about our memories including; What have our hands held? A baby? Another’s hand? A diploma? A tool? A wedding ring? What have our hands created? A family? A meal? A piece of art? What have our hands built? A home? A business?

 

Participants traced and decorated their hands to represent their individual accomplishments and the power they each possess.

 

The individual's hands were put together on a community tree to represent the power we have to influence and contribute to our community.

 

Celebrating the Season, Family, and our Memories:

Holiday Collage Greeting Cards

Pet Portraits at La Posada

I Remember Better When I Paint

 

Check out this short film describing the benefits of art and creativity on individuals with alzheimers and memory loss.