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Services for Seniors

Posted on February 17, 2017


If you know of someone who could benefit from creating art stories with us, please utilize this brochure by handing out to residents in your community, as well as families who have loved ones struggling with complex age-related issues:


Magazine Heads

Posted on May 4, 2016


Made by seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s a great exercise in creativity and story telling. This project is also a good assessment to see where an individual is at in regards to constructing a figure and remembering body parts.

Grief Monsters at the Amelia Center

Posted on February 8, 2013


To make a grief monster, save your cereal boxes! With recycled materials such as boxes, bottle tops, google eyes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, cotton balls, craft sticks, and anything else you can find around the house, you and your child can create a unique grief monster that might just be as unique as the grief you’re experiencing. The message that this activity gives is that we all have  grief and we all grieve differently.

Think about grief. What is it? Is it ugly? Is it good or bad? then ask your child: “what do you think a grief monster is?” There is no wrong answer to this question. This activity will help to externalize grief into a tangible format. Grief can be unpredictable and overwhelming. By turning such a thing that we have little control over into a tangible grief monster, there is room for gaining a sense of control and understanding about the process of personal grief.

I recently created this activity with a group of families at the Amelia Center in mind (Amelia Center is an organization under the umbrella of Childrens of Alabama Hospital for grieving children and families). I encouraged the children and parents alike to make a grief monster (any size, shape and color). The activity opened the door for conversation about how we each experience grief following loss. Many of the monsters had characteristic of the lost family member and during our processing time, the children were able to talk about what those things were. See pictures below:

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Does grief ever feel like a monster to you?

Merry Christmas

Posted on December 20, 2012

Light of lights! All gloom dispelling, Thou didst come to make they dwelling Here within our world of sight. Lord, in pity and in power, Thou didst in our darkest hour Rend the clouds and show thy light. Praise to thee in earth and heaven Now and evermore be given, Christ, who art our sun and shield. Lord, for us thy life thou gavest, Those who trust in thee thou savest, All thy mercy stands revealed.   -St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th Century During this time of year, I find Christmas lights irresistible.  Darkness changes when bare tree limbs and trunks become twinkling nighttime sculptures. I hope to always marvel when I view a display of lights in a yard or the annual simplicity of lights on a Christmas tree. There is value in light…

Open House–November 16 5-7pm

Posted on October 29, 2012

Well, not long after I wrote about how I longed to have a home for Art Stories Studio, an office space fell into my lap! It’s been such a timely blessing that I am very grateful for. Now that I have a space, I want everyone to see it! You are invited to an Open House on November 16th; drop by anytime between 5 – 7 PM. If you are able, please consider donating art supplies (new or used) to help stock the art cabinet! Some suggestions include:  old magazines, glue, scissors, markers, paint, paint brushes, construction paper, tape, crayons, white card-stock, zip lock bags, paper towels, wet wipes Art Stories Studio is now located in the lovely neighborhood of Cahaba Heights at 4268 Cahaba Heights…