- Art House Designs
- 420 Franklin ST SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Friday, April 26 during Arts Walk hours
Artist Kimberly Saltiel and Art House Designs launch Healing With Beauty– an exhibit raising awareness about the healing power that beauty and nature have for individuals in traumatic situations.
Hospitals and elderly care facilities turn to art as part of a broader push to create a healing environment. With studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain's reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, facilities are considering and choosing artworks based on this evidence and giving it a higher priority than merely as decoration. This new research inspired local artist Kimberly Saltiel to create Healing With Beauty – a series of positive and uplifting paintings intended to reduce stress and evoke feelings of joy and inspiration. Susie Ann Engelstad, owner of Art House Designs has partnered with Saltiel to launch Healing With Beauty as part of Olympia Art Walk 2019 and is very enthusiastic about the impact Healing With Beauty will have within the community.
As a member of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military and a military spouse, Saltiel has experienced firsthand the positive impacts of art. Her husband, a Purple Heart Recipient medically retired from the Army in 2003 following an IED explosion, suffers from PTSD and currently volunteers as a peer counselor helping other veterans in their journey of healing. “The aim is that, whether you are a veteran navigating the VA, an elderly individual no longer able to live in your own home or just someone in a hospital needing to heal, the right kind of art can help take your mind away from unpleasant thoughts and replace them with some beauty”, says Saltiel. A survey done by The Cleveland Clinic's Arts & Medicine Institute states “Patients reported they were motivated to get out of bed to view the artwork. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder reported the most significant positive improvement in mood.” Our innate preference for a soothing painting or sunny park over a dark alley has a scientific basis. The findings give credence to what we've always suspected: that visual art has a strong, positive physiological effect on the brain.
The Healing With Beauty exhibit will open Friday, April 26, at 5 pm with a public artist reception at Art House Designs. Following Art Walk, Healing With Beauty will begin touring around the US, including a solo exhibit at The Washington Center for Performing Arts in July, where Saltiel will be the featured Artist for the Center’s Annual Gala.