STEP and Artpost Awareness partner for artistic journey

George Stefanski and Marianne Olivo, of Artpost Awareness, are using the art of drawing to take care of the community. In February 2016, STEP, Inc. and Artpost Awareness embarked on a drawing journey with a group of 17 senior citizens at STEP’s Clinton County Community Center. Since then, the group has grown and gained momentum — enough that classes recently have extended to STEP Office of Aging’s RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport.

One concept Artpost Awareness focuses on is awareness of space. The importance of this concept is to get the participant “out of themselves.”

“Drawing is the most powerful way for a person to be with their inner-self for reflection and healing,” Stefanski said. “I’ve drawn all my life, it has seen me through some hard times, and I noticed things that aren’t discussed in art school — like the therapeutic benefits of drawing.”

These benefits were so noticeable that he wanted to share this process with those under stress and-or under-served, including veterans and senior citizens. Encouraging an artistic approach to happiness and balance in life, Artpost Awareness puts creativity and imagination at the heart of its lessons.

Drawing classes continue to be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Clinton County Community Center. Drawing classes at the RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to register for these free workshops, call the Clinton County Community Center at 570-858-5800 or the RiverWalk Center at 570-601-9592.

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