Dallas, TX, September 15, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- International award winning artist, Leanne Venier, will showcase her evocative and vibrant abstract oil paintings in a solo exhibition titled Effective Color: Using Light & Color Frequencies in Medicine. The exhibition scientifically explores the healing effect of color. “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. This exhibition will showcase how we can all use this knowledge to lead more productive and healthy lives.”
Venier, now an Austinite, originally from Canada, earned her engineering degree in Michigan and then moved to California to work on submarine design for Lockheed Martin. In her spare time, she began exploring numerous aspects of holistic healing including the connection between mind and body and the healing effects of color. “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.” After several years in California, she decided to move to Italy. It was while she was in Italy that she began her study of the healing arts in earnest.
After a seven-year stint in Italy, she moved to Austin to study acupuncture and then to British Columbia to complete her studies where she started a healing practice working with cancer patients. 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 both lay people and medical practitioners simple tools they can use to bring both themselves and others back into a state of health, wellbeing, and balance.”
Venier, a self-taught artist, has only been practicing her craft for the last four years. Yet despite her infancy stages, she has rocketed to the top of the visual arts scene. She was awarded grand prize of the Jury for Outstanding Artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy in 2008 just a year after her start. Then in 2009, she was selected from thousands as a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston. This exhibition is the second solo show that Venier has had at a medical university in the last two months. The first one, in San Antonio, received rave reviews.
Oscar Gonzalez, a research coordinator at UT medical school in San Antonio, purchased a few of Venier’s paintings during her last exhibition. 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 witness the change within them. “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 the paintings.”’
“Having color in our lives can literally heal our bodies and souls,” says Venier. Effective Color: Using Light & Color Frequencies in Medicine will open at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library in Dallas, on Tuesday October 11th, 2011. Venier will also be giving a talk on this subject on Thursday, November 10 from noon – 1 pm in the Main Library of UT Southwestern, followed by a a Meet the Artist Reception the evening of the talk, also in the library.
For more information visit www.leannevenier.com.