NDNU Presents “Then and Now: Annual Art and Art Therapy Exhibition”

Belmont, CA, June 26, 2008 — Nationally renowned art therapist and watercolorist, Cay Drachnik, will display her latest work alongside the creations of NDNU art therapy students, faculty, and alumni at the University’s “Annual Art and Art Therapy Exhibit,” July 11-August 8.

Drachnik will showcase work from her “Then and Now” series illustrating how the field of art therapy has evolved within the mental health profession. The exhibit will highlight the “then and now” of art therapy, incorporating some of the history of art therapy as a field and profession. Featured watercolor paintings will highlight old master replications and their new “modern” counterparts. The show will also highlight artwork created by NDNU students, faculty, and alumni of the Master’s of Arts in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

The NDNU Art Therapy Psychology Program is recognized as one of the most established and successful programs in the country. As a human services profession based on the belief that the process of making art can be both healing and life enhancing, art therapy provides an opportunity to explore intense or painful thoughts or feelings in a supportive environment.

Drachnik has participated and received 65 awards in juried art exhibitions in the past 12 years, including seven “Best of Shows” in such prominent venues as the American Watercolor Society in New York and the San Francisco Academy of Art. She has also exhibited internationally in the International Art Exhibition (Saigon, Vietnam) and the New Ecole (Tokyo, Japan).

As well as being an active artist, she is also an integral part of the art therapy community. A licensed Family and Child Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist, Drachnik has worked in a variety of settings throughout the world, including teaching at NDNU, formerly known as the College of Notre Dame, from 1979 to the early nineties. She has also been active in the Art Therapy Association of America, serving as the organization’s president from 1987 to 1989. In addition, Drachnik has authored the textbook, “Metaphors in Children’s Drawings,” which is used in the NDNU curriculum and is an Honorary Life Member of the California and the American Art Therapy Associations.

Opening reception for the show will be Friday, July 11th, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wiegand Gallery located on the Notre Dame de Namur University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. This exhibit is free to the community and will continue until Friday, August 8th. Gallery hours after the opening will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; for directions to the gallery or more information, please e-mail arttherapy@ndnu.edu or call (650) 508-3556.