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North Shore Horizons offers Art for Healing

North Shore Horizons is offering an art-enriched support group throughout June on Monday nights, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

While speaking about abuse can often be painful, North Shore Horizons has begun a support group intended to help survivors heal through a different medium--artistic expression.

"We wanted to incorporate more art into our support groups," said Drea Scribner, criminal justice intervention advocate for the Lake County nonprofit.

North Shore Horizons, which helps survivors of violence in Two Harbors and the surrounding areas, held its first art enrichment session on Monday.

"We had a good attendance and great participation," Scribner said.

Susan Meyers, the director of North Central Windows Program, facilitated the group. She said artistic expression takes the pressure off survivors of violence and gives them something positive on which to focus.

"During that window of time, they can put (their worries) aside and just be creative. Healing just happens," Meyers said.

Meyers has been facilitating art enrichment groups for over a decade and said many participants reap the benefits of creating something. One client she recalled was going through a messy divorce and lost herself in the process of making a collage.

"She just couldn't stop. She (was) just pouring it out on the page," Meyers said.

Meyers said each meeting typically has a specific direction and artistic medium. Participants also spend a bit of time in meditation and, at the end of the session, those who feel comfortable doing so can share their experiences.

The meetings will offer various types of art, including drawing, painting, collage-making and writing.

Sessions will be held every Monday throughout the month of June, going from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at North Shore Horizons at 127 Seventh Street in Two Harbors.

"It's empowering," Scribner said.

Call Scribner at 834-5942 for more information.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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