Creativity Events

Art HOPE Creativity Taking Flight at Common Ground Country Fair @ Common Ground Country Fair -Health & Healing Area
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join a community conversation about creative wellness and learn to fold an origami crane as a symbol for creativity taking flight The everyday creative things we do and love to do can benefit health and well-being. Laura Jaquays, founder of the nonprofit arts and healing organization Art HOPE, will share an innovative model for creative living and highlights from her new book. The program takes place n the Health & Healing Area at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Note: program time may change.

Art HOPE Studio – Natural Ways To Draw @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Sep 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Learn natural ways to draw using various mediums including charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. Exploring these materials will enhance observation skills for drawing what is seen and what is imagined. Techniques will focus on creating values of light, line, texture, movement, form, and basic perspective. Laura Jaquays, Art HOPE artist-in-residence, will offer models and demonstrate practical methods for drawing well and for drawing on the well within. Art materials will be provided. Bring your drawings and sketchbooks to share.

Art HOPE Studio: Autumn Watercolor Wellness @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Paint and draw in a relaxed open studio with friends and Art HOPE art-in-residence Laura Jaquays. Harvest your talents and enjoy learning simple watercolor techniques and the basics of sketching using models inspired by autumn fruits and flowers. Bring personal artwork and writing to share. Art materials will be provided.

Art HOPE 1000 Healing Cranes – Ogunquit Museum of American Art @ Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Create origami at the annual community gathering to celebrate creative wellness and the last Sunday of the season at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Learn to fold a classic paper crane. In Japanese tradition, the iconic symbol is a wish for hope, peace, health and well-being, and 1000 is a blessing for good luck. Origami is an expressive medium for art-making, art-taking, and art-giving. Wellness benefits include improved agility and memory, active brain-eye-hand functioning, the confidence of learning a creative skill, and stress reduction through mindfulness. Each crane is a whimsical work of art. This event is an on-going project of the Art HOPE Youth Service in Health Care Program involving local student volunteers who fold cranes throughout the year for York Hospital Cancer Care patients and community members living with longterm illness.

Art HOPE Simple Watercolors For Well-being @ Dempsey Center
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

DSCN0011Simple Watercolors for Well-being provides a nurturing studio environment for adventurous painters at any age or skill level. Basic watercolor techniques are demonstrated by Laura Jaquays, a painter and the founder of Art HOPE, a nonprofit arts and healing organization. She leads an inspiring group conversation about painting and creating wellness. Drawing instruction is given to support class projects and on-going practice. Art materials are provided and good advice on how to simply start painting. Participants may bring their own materials and are encouraged to share artworks with the group.

Art HOPE Studio: Holiday Spirit Cards & Ornaments @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Make creative wellness cards and ornaments in the spirit of the holidays. Using art simple materials, fiber arts and a little bling, we’ll handcraft original artworks to brighten the season of gratitude and giving. Laura Jaquays, Art HOPE artist-in-residence, will offer inspiration for celebrating and creating during this special time of year. Join us. Art materials will be provided.


Art HOPE Creative Affirmations for Living Well @ First Parish Church - Fellowship Hall
Nov 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We are making creative wellness art cards that will be displayed and offered to patients at York Hospital Oncology Center. The positive messages and bright artworks are fun to make and bring enjoyment to people in cancer treatment. Our program at the First Parish Church involves student volunteers and is open to the community members.