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Transformation By Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay

Thu Feb 07 to Apr 28, All Day

For the last ten years, the Gardiner Museum and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic have partnered to offer an engaging series of art therapy groups for women who have experienced violence. Since 2003, clients of the Schlifer Clinic have worked with a professional artist (Susan Low-Beer) and an art therapist (Suzanne Thomson) in the Museum’s clay studios to sculpt their trauma narratives in clay, transforming their pain and reconnecting with their resilience and strength.

This partnership was established by former Director of Education, Diane Wolfe. In 2013, these art therapy groups have culminated in a landmark exhibition, Transformation by Fire, designed to raise public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed, and compelling way, and to provide accessible and inspiring real life role models for anyone who has either experienced or witnessed violence.

Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and members of the community, the Museum has raised the funds needed to offer free admission to the public for the duration of Transformation by Fire. Please take advantage by bringing your friends and family to explore this compelling exhibition.

Learn more about Barbara Schlifer and The Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1.866.863.0511 or awhl.org

Exhibition Programs & Events

Tuesday February 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Patron Circle Preview

Wednesday February 6, 9 – 10:30 am
Members Morning Talk And Tea

Wednesday February 6, 9 am – 8 pm
Members Preview Day

Saturday February 9, 1 – 4 pm
Hands On Workshop

Tuesday February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Lecture: Susan Low-Beer

Friday March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
International Women’s Day Dance
Performance by Julie Lassonde

Friday April 12, 7 – 9 pm
Girl Rising

Thursday April 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
Lecture: Body/Mind Expressive Arts

Thursday April 18, 12 – 1:30pm
Lecture: Humans Rights Watch