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Art Heals Hearts: Open Studio Sessions

2014 Open Studio Sessions at the Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229


Invitation to Participate

Dates & times for the Open Studio Sessions

Saturday, 10:00 AM to Noon, August 9

Sunday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, August 10



Location for all Open Studio Sessions will be Jones Hall of the Ecumenical Center on 8310 Ewing Halsell Dr. in San Antonio, TX.

Artwork display will be set up on Saturday, Sept. 6, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Opening reception will be Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ecumenical Center.



  1. The Ecumenical Center will provide participants of all ages (6 to 106 years of age) the opportunity to use art supplies to express their healing journey.  There’s no charge, so everyone can participate!

  2. The Ecumenical Center will display the artworks produced as part of its annual “Art Heals Hearts” event.

  3. Facilitators will be present to give assistance in mastering the art materials provided and to encourage self-expression. Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC will be leading every session. Other art therapists and additional licensed clinicians will be available at each session.


  1. Anyone can participate who wants an opportunity to use art as part of his or her healing process. You can register to attend one or all of the sessions.

  2. Participants must register for the “Open Studio Sessions” that they wish to attend. There will be a limit of 30 participants at each session. Again, there is no charge.

  3. An adult must accompany children and adolescents under the age of 15 yrs.

  4. Each participant will be asked to help provide a safe and calm environment.

  5. Art supplies provided: 12” x 12” cardstock in white and black, markers, oil pastels, tempera paint, and collage supplies.

  6. Participants may bring their own art supplies.

  7. Participants are encouraged to wear “old clothes” that they won’t mind getting dirty. Making art can be messy!


Invitation to Volunteer as a Facilitator

Dates & Times for Volunteer Facilitator Orientation

Monday, August 4, for the August 9 & 10 sessions


Dates & times for the Open Studio Sessions

Saturday, 10:00 AM to Noon, August 9

Sunday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, August 10

Being an Art Heals Hearts Open Studio Facilitator is an excellent opportunity for students, college interns, and other community “helpers” to learn about a wonderful art therapy technique. The main requirement is that you are over 18 yrs old & excited about making art! You will need to attend at least one Facilitator Training before you volunteer at an Open Studio Session. You can attend more than one facilitator training and you can volunteer at more than one Open Studio Session. I hope you will be a part of hanging the show on Sept. 6 and join us at our Opening Reception on Sept. 11!

Please call Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC, at 210-541-1400 to volunteer as a facilitator.

Other Ways to Support “Art Heals Hearts – Open Studio Sessions”

  1. Spread the word! Encourage your friends and family to participate in the Open Studio sessions & make art for the Art Heals Hearts art show. Making art is great therapy! And, since everyone has suffered in some way, we all have something to share about our path of healing.

  2. Submit art, music or poetry for exhibit. Application form here.

  3. Donate art supplies: collage materials, glue guns & glue sticks, drop cloths and plastic table cloths, paint brushes, extra large t-shirts or art smocks!

  4. Keep all the participants, clinicians, and facilitators in your hearts and join us in our sincere hope that this healing opportunity reaches everyone who is ready to participate. Your thoughts, prayers, and support are a vital part of this event!


Call Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC-AT at 210-541-1400.


(210) 616-0885