Leanne Venier, International Award Winning Visual Artist Presents: 'EFFECTIVE COLOR: USING LIGHT & COLOR FREQUENCIES IN MEDICINE' - UTSouthwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Top Quote This is a truly unique FINE ART EXHIBITION partnered with a SCIENTIFIC EDUCATIONAL ASPECT. International Award Winning artist Leanne Venier, combines her Evocative & Vibrant Abstract Oil Paintings with her backgrounds as a scientist (mechanical engineer) and acupuncturist, to teach about the HEALING EFFECTS OF COLOR, LIGHT & ARTWORK, with numerous everyday applications & uses in modern hospitals. End Quote
  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) October 20, 2011 - BY INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING ARTIST, LEANNE VENIER

    WHERE: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library Gallery,
    Dallas, TX
    ADDRESS: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75390
    South Campus in the E building
    WHEN: Tuesday, OCTOBER 11th, 2011 - Sunday, JANUARY 15, 2012

    EXHIBIT HOURS: Mon-Fri 7am -7pm, Sat-Sun 1pm - 5pm

    TALK BY THE ARTIST: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 12-1 pm
    in the Library Conference Room
    MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5-7 pm
    in the Library
    (Sponsored by Red, Hot & Blue BBQ GRILL)


    INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING ARTIST & SCIENTIST, LEANNE VENIER, was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury for Outstanding Artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy in 2008 and in 2009, she was selected from thousands as a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston.

    This exhibition at UT Southwestern Medical Center is the second such solo show that Venier has had at a medical university in the last three months. The first one, in San Antonio, was exceptionally well received by medical professionals and the general public. This exhibition showcases Venier's evocative abstract oil paintings alongside scientific data and research of the past 70 years. Numerous scientific studies being conducted today are establishing quantifiable links between color & light and personal health & well-being. In fact, many practicing physicians and researchers are among her most avid collectors and regard her artwork as pivotal in numerous ways.

    Venier commonly takes the least conventional paths and in doing so has forged new understandings in both art and health. Originally from Canada, she studied classical piano and art from an early age and then pursued a career as a mechanical engineer after earning her degree from Michigan Technological University. She says, "This was an unconventional path, not just for a woman, but for someone who balances the left & right sides of their brain". After working on submarine designs for Lockheed Martin in California, she left for Florence, Italy. Seven years later, after spending time in close proximity to the work of both modern and ancient masters, she returned to the United States and settled in Austin, Texas where she studied acupuncture. She completed her acupuncture training in British Columbia, where she also started a healing practice working with cancer patients. She has since been exploring the healing effects of color on people's health where she combines her interests in holistic medicine, eastern philosophy and abstract art.

    The links between color and human health are not new, but they are now becoming better understood through scientific research. Venier's visual presentation of scientific and empirical research along with her
    art helps move the study of these connections from anecdotal to experiential. In this exhibit, viewers can experience for themselves the profound effects of simply looking at different colors in the artwork, then read about the significance of these effects and how they can harness them for their own lives and well being.

    "Technology is finally catching up with what's been proven in Eastern medicine, and numerous other cultures, for thousands of years," remarks Venier. "The use of color and light can bring healing, wellness, and tranquility into our lives". To date, Venier has dedicated almost two decades to the study and practical use of holistic healing methods and color therapy. "I've always been interested in how various colors are tied into our psyche and more importantly how they affect us on a physical and emotional level," says Venier. "We are, in fact, so influenced by color, that by simply noticing which colors we're drawn to at any given time, we can gain insight into where and how we need to bring balance back into our lives. My goal with this exhibition is to give lay people and medical practitioners alike, simple healing and wellness tools they can use."

    This exhibition includes dozens of art works, scholarly articles and scientific research on physics, psychology and medicine pertaining to color and light frequencies and "teaches how we can all use this knowledge to lead more productive and healthy lives." Recent articles in the mainstream press reiterate the artist's claims; people are affected by the colors around them and colored light itself is being used regularly in hospitals to treat illness. "I've been interested in the body's innate ability to heal itself since I was young, refusing to take even aspirin as a child," recalls Venier. "I would tell my mother that my body would 'fix' itself." Venier sees her abstract paintings as influencing the mind, body and soul. Many of her collectors who come from many walks of life and fields of study including medicine, feel the same way.

    Oscar Gonzalez, a research coordinator at UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, purchased a few of Venier's paintings during her last exhibit. His wife was 45 when she died of cancer and he says his new paintings lift his spirits and have helped him through the painful grieving process. After this intimate experience with Venier's work, he now wants others, particularly those who suffer from painful or stressful conditions, to experience this same healing effect. "Imagine this vivid, mesmerizing art in a chemotherapy clinic," he said. "Treatments are long and stressful and people need to find a way to relax. My wife would have loved these paintings." Venier affirms, "Having the right colors in our lives can literally heal our bodies and souls."

    For additional information and to preview the artwork, visit www.leannevenier.com

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