2009 Crystal Award Winner for Innovative Arts Partnerships in Texas
Proud winner of the 2008 HWCOC STAR Non-Profit of the Year Award  
You are invited to celebrate an award winning year with ARTreach ARTparties and special events in Febuary and March!  
Margaritas Today- ARTS Tamale!
Join us again at BerryHill at the Villagio in Cinco Ranch on Friday, February 20th for happy hour margaritas and great tamales! It's another ARTreach ARTparty!  BerryHill is donating to ARTreach to help bring the arts to children in need. www.berryhillkaty.com
Thank you BerryHill in Cinco Ranch!
You are cordially invited to attend a reception for artist Pete Menser on Saturday, March 7th at the Wine Next Door at LaCenterra at Cinco  Ranch.
This is Art with a Voice.  View Pete Menser's expressive work, you will hear it speak about his life, his inspirations and his feelings. Bold, colorful and clever, His art work has a lot to say about people, personalities, war, traffic, love and life. 
Complementary  hors d'oeuvres  will be served. The Wine Next Door is hosting a boutique wine tasting for the special price of $10 per person. All original artwork by Pete Menser will be on sale March 7th-13th. Proceeds will benefit  ARTreach programs in Katy, Harris  and Fort Bend County. www.ARTreachonline.org 
Artist Reception
Saturday, March 7th 
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Wine Next Door 
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy, Texas 77494
Phone: 281-395-4100
expressive arts
ARTreach Expressive Arts Workshop at Agave Road on Wednesday, February 25th 10:00-1:00 p.m.
ARTreach offers a monthly Expressive Arts Retreat open to the community facilitated by Lorena Fernandez M.A.

Expressive arts therapy uses various arts- movement, drawing, painting, sculpting, music, writing, sound, and improvisation - in a supportive setting to facilitate growth and healing. It is a process of discovering ourselves through any art form that comes from an emotional depth.

The last Wednesday of Every month,
from 10am to 1pm.
Next date: February 25 2009

$42 per person
Sign up on line at www.lfcreative.com  or contact Lorena at L.Fernandez@artreachonline.org

What to bring:
Something to write, a notebook, a
snack, comfortable clothes that you
won't mind getting dirty.

The beautiful Katy location
Agave Road
1016 FM 1463
Katy, Tx 77494
website: www.agaveroad.net

This retreat could be helpful:
To reconnect with your creative impulse
To express your feelings through art media
To explore your mind in an open-ended way
To energize your ability to think outside the box
To discover layers of your inner world

I received this question from an artist friend:

Lorena, My first instinct is to come to the workshop but I am under the impression that it is for beginning artists. Help me understand what this is about...

My answer:

It has nothing to do with artistic skill or experience at all. It is about exploring creativity and imagination with the help of tangible things, such as art materials, but it includes music, sound, movement...

The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate the finding and expressing of personal insights hidden in the non verbal, and then add words to that. It is intense imaginative play for grownups only, 18 and up.

The artistic object that comes out from each activity could be a good initial idea to be developed further later in the studio, for artists. Writers get exciting ideas for poems and other writings.

People who do not consider themselves artists usually come away with powerful insights into their own behavior in the world.

The workshop is also very useful in helping anyone release unwanted feelings, such as stress, anxiety, anger, sadness etc. by giving those emotions a tangible shape and by putting words to that representation in a non judgmental, non competitive atmosphere.

Aside from that, it is a nice opportunity to meet very interesting people.
Feb/March 2009
Pete Menser
In This Issue
Art with a Voice
Expressive Arts at Agave Road
Heritage Arts Center

The Katy Heritage Arts Center is a partnership between ARTreach and the Katy Heritage Society
ARTreach and the Katy Heritage Society have opened the doors to the Katy Heritage Arts Center in the Stockdick Home at Katy Hertiage Park. The Arts Center hosts cultural arts events every month and sells original artwork and unique crafts made by artists from Katy and around the world.
The Heritage Arts Center features many local artists including Marissa Vitola, Sony Hartley and Stacy Baer with unique hand thrown pottery and ceramics, and paintings by Elizabeth Bailey, Gail Rogers, Jill Brasher and Kathleen Wedemere. You can find handmade soaps by Michelle Hurd, and hand-knitted scarves and felt bowls by artist Maxine Rothman. 
ARTreach also displays very unusual artwork created by children and adults involved in our  programs as far away as Africa, and here at home in Katy. On February 7th stop by and see valentine gifts created by the participants in our ARC of Katy Art & Business Program!
The Katy Hertiage Arts Center is open the first Saturday of every month, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with demonstrations, historical theater presentations and new artwork is on display.
All purchases benefit ARTreach Programs serving the elderly and special needs adults and children in Katy and the Katy Heritage Society community outreach programs. 
On February 7th the Heritage Arts Center will celebrate Valentines; you'll find plenty of Art with Hearts and enjoy Katy musician and folksinger Michelle Mitchell singing her favorite ballads on the porch. D'Anne Craft will also be demonstrating weaving on a loom.
On March 7th, the Heritage Arts Center will feature artist Maxine Rothman returning with knitting lessons for the novice and an ARTreach Historical Theater presentation performed on the Tradition Band Stand at 2:00 PM

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If you are a teacher, social worker or counselor, you are invited to attend an ARTreach Expressive Arts Workshop at Agave Road. www.agaveroad.net Learn how to connect with your student or client population by utilizing Expressive Arts techniques.
Offer is good for the February 25th and March 25th retreats. Reserve your space in this month's workshop L.Fernandez@artreachonline.org