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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 7, 2021
Cancer center offers online art classes

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center will host a free Zoom series called “Expressions in Art—Using Art and Landscape,” featuring classes each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. during February.

Explore your creativity and your emotions through self-expression with Art Therapist Alahna Roach, as she guides participants through the series. A different project will be offered each week.

Participants will learn to work with various art media, according to a news release. Combining art and nature’s landscapes will demonstrate the deep connection and energy that exists between us and the land that surrounds us. The class will journey through watercolors, charcoal drawings, and the shaping of beach clay, connecting with the present. Participants can strengthen their ability to be open to the joy (and occasional frustrations) in each moment. Participants will learn how to forage for art supplies in nature. This activity connects individuals with nature’s bounty, growing stronger in the spirit on the journey. Basic art supplies will be provided if needed.

Roach earned her master’s degree in Art Therapy at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. She is a practicing art therapist, working for Transforming Rural Experience in Education as a Moving Stories storyteller and has her own private practice. She grew up nourished by the landscapes of Downeast Maine and has worked as an art teacher, classroom teacher, and Ed. Tech. She has presented at state, national and international conferences, testifying to the healing power of art.

This free event will be offered on Zoom. Register early, as space is limited. If you have more questions or would like to register, call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339 or email />