Artists in Bloom Community works toward embracing art and community as Sacrament. Each painting becomes evidence of redemption and transformation.
Life is a series of moments, good, bad and in-between, all strung together and constantly redefining who we are. We help those who are in search of meaning. I am looking and believe we are all looking for meaning and purpose. Victor E Frankl, the renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust Survivor wrote ‘MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING.’ Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
I propose that making art can be antidote to despair, and the process of making it is transforming. Whenever one creates a painting, writes a poem, makes music, one participates in a ‘resurrection moment’ that is both redeeming and transforming. My objective is to fill a void that our secular world has created by giving people a new language, a new means of expression that is purposeful and autobiographical. Making art is deeply spiritual.
When given the tools of expression, we become engaged and connected. A sense of belonging and trust ensues. We all want a voice. I have created a 16 week plan to give people the tools for a visual grammar to create a life time of visual statements.
The idea is to give people the tools to engage, become connected with others in a supported community and create art. Those without a voice become discontented, angry and disconnected. Art is the antidote. Art transforms and redeems life.
If you’re interested in learning more about Artists in Bloom Community or would like to get involved or donate, please contact founder Virginia Cascarilla with any inquiry. 216 272 1602
You can see more of Virginia Cascarilla’s work on www.paintingsbycascarilla.com