The R(evolution) of American Opera – Alive and Well in Santa Fe!

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Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera has once again earned international accolades for it’s premieres of iconic contemporary American operas with this season’s extraordinary offering from Mason Bates (Composer) and Mark Campbell (Libretto) in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Santa Fe Opera has always been a confident leader in producing new operas, and has never taken a “wait and see” approach with premieres … Read More

Truths About Creativity

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Truths About Creativity

Across the centuries the link between creativity and mental health has been observed, and there have been many examples of compelling associations that support this relationship. Creativity is one of those elusive things that is extremely hard to define, yet once you’re in its presence you absolutely know it. At times, creativity might seem like magic, and it bewitches us … Read More

Extraordinary Ordinary Creativity

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Portofino from Simple Boxes

We marvel at how extremely gifted people create art that touches our lives and bestows so much beauty on our world. Although we enjoy and celebrate the talents of highly creative individuals, we must also unravel their mysteries in order to be engaged ourselves in “extraordinary ordinary creativity” and to use art making as a healing tool to enhance our … Read More

The Power of Flow

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The Power of Flow

We’ve all heard of flow states but what exactly is “flow” anyway? Some athletes and performers call it “being in the zone” or “runner’s high”; and musicians say they feel a sense of “being one with the music”. These peak experiences are also described as “the power of flow” because flow is a state of mind that helps you to … Read More

Practicing Perfectly

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If practice makes perfect what are the key elements for practicing perfectly? Staying focused is certainly essential along with well-paced timing of your practice session; mapping out your practice goals; being confident and determined to achieve small daily accomplishments; and practicing smarter not harder. Being healthy artists promotes a realization that effective practice isn’t just in your body, it’s in … Read More

How to Practice for Peak Performance in Art & Life

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The promise of peak performances – in life, art, sports, and intellectual pursuits comes from engaging a few common principles. Effective practice habits blend mind and body to optimally include intense work and sustaining rest to promote enhanced productivity. And through a cycle of frustration and recovery self-regulation, confidence and resilience is found. See how an 11 year-old cellist practiced … Read More

Creativity is a Wellness Practice

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Creativity is Wellness Practice

“When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.” Expanding on Csikszentmihalyi’s important observation on the healing quality of art, I believe that the power of creative expression and engagement in the arts can serve as an essential wellness practice for everyone. Our ability to be creative allows us … Read More

Let Yourself Shine

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Alessa Rogers as Juliette

As artists we continually struggle to grow and perfect our art, yet harsh self-criticism most always detracts from positive goals. Putting yourself up will endear you to others engaged in similar struggles, and help you find more productive ways to cope with the difficult path of making art anew each day. With self-confidence creativity can be a joyful, personally enriching … Read More

Mindfulness Practices Heal Relationships

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Mindfulness Can Heal Relationships

Mindfulness practices have the ability to transform our relationships through the power of deepening the capacity for love, compassion, and forgiveness. Even 15 minutes of mindfulness practice a day can begin to direct us towards adopting the tools to enable us to connect on a meaningful level in our relationships. Mindfulness can help us overcome feelings of unworthiness so that … Read More

Women of Abstract Expressionism

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Kathline Colvin at Palm Springs Art Museum

The Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibit, currently on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum, delighted its’ guests who remarked freely while viewing the remarkable paintings during a recent Free 2nd Sunday event (April 9, 2017). Although the 50+ paintings celebrated in this collection are certainly abstract, they invoke meaningful events like the edgy tribute painting Martha Graham-Lamentation by Judith … Read More