- “Gerrit Greve and Arts for Healing -A Program of Giving
- Arts for Healing Interview with Gerrit Greve, KPRI-FM, San Diego, 4/15/09
- A Reason To Collect: Healing Waters by Georgia Hoopes [Original Article from: “Picked Raw Peeled”, San Diego Visual Arts Network is reproduced below.]
Healing Waters is an Arts for Healing Project featuring works by Gerrit Greve and Robin Przybysz with a reception on Saturday. August 15, 2009 at 7 pm at the L Street Gallery . A silent auction of local teens’ art will be held to benefit Family Health Centers and Arts (Art a Reason To Survive).
I chose to attend this event not only because I love the downtown L. Street Gallery venue but the thought of Healing Waters made me anticipate the sensual sights and sounds of healing water, whether it was ocean blue surf, gentle sun showers, babbling brooks, or evaporating mineral hot springs. This was an exhibition and a silent auction with proceeds (over $7,000) going to Family Health Centers of San Diego and (ARTS) A Reason To Survive. The art works included student creations as well as paintings by Gerrit Greve and sculptural gourd vessels by Robin Przybysz. I think I’ll rename it ARTC, A Reason To Collect.
Gerrit Greve is founder of Arts for Healing and coordinator of “Art with a Heart”: A Project with Scripps Hospital Encinitas The Arts for Healing Program. His paintings create a symphony of musical color notes that allow the viewer a meditative moment, a sense of great joy, or a journey down the river of one of life’s many challenges, but most importantly for this event his art inspired the kids to create their art for healing.
Robin Przybysz is an art teacher at Santa Fe Christian Schools, one of the schools in the Arts for Healing Program. Her background encompasses both fine arts and art education. Her works for this show have meditative qualities of mercurial lightness due to shapes of the hollow gourds which seem to float in their supports and displays, sometimes taking us to a final destination but often, as in meditation, going off on tangents before coming back to continue the journey toward resolution.
At the pre-auction reception I got to hear the testimonial of six year old Betzabeth Avalos, one of the patients helped by Dr. Newel of Family Health Centers of San Diego, a private nonprofit community clinic organization dedicated to providing affordable services to the medically underserved throughout San Diego County. I also enjoyed reconnecting with Matt D’Arrigo, founder of (ARTS) A Reason To Survive. In 2007 he opened the Pat D’Arrigo ARTS Center at NTC Promenade in Point Loma, offering a wide variety of in-house programs as well as partnering with numerous organizations throughout the San Diego community to address the needs of children and teens as they face challenges of adversity.