Saturday, August 18, 2018

1-4 p.m.

Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy

2967 State State Street

Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

The community is invited to a free workshop designed to connect survivors of a violent loss – those who have lost a friend or loved one to acts of violence, such as murder.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their stories, offer support and express their feelings. An art-making project based on mandalas will be included. The organizers hope to raise awareness of the scope and impact of violent loss, including documentation of the mandalas for possible further display.

Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one. There is no cost for the workshop, but participants are asked to pre-register by Wednesday, Aug. 15 by emailing zthorson@yahoo.com or calling 309-793-4352.

The workshop is facilitated by Zaiga Minka Thorson and Mindy Rushford.

Zaiga Minka Thorson is a professor of art at Black Hawk College in Moline and exhibiting artist. Her father was murdered in her childhood home in Michigan in 2013. Working through feelings in her artwork has been an important component of her healing process.

Mindy Rushford is a licensed clinical professional counselor and art therapist at Southpark Psychology in Moline. She is passionate about using art as a form of healing through grief and loss.

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