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Grief Center teams up with local artists for art therapy

Posted July 18, 2013 in Web Exclusives

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- July 18- Amanda the Panda Grief Center teamed up with two local artists to promote art therapy. Bill Butler, artist and graphic designer at Thomas Lift, LLC, was involved in the Bill Butler Live Art Experience on June 1, 2013. This event enabled grieving children, teens and adults to participate while also observing the painting, titled “Transforming Darkness into Light,” being created. Jill Wells, mural artist for JJWells Art, is currently crafting an interactive mural at the grief center. The mural, titled “From Loss to Life,” features magnetic paint which will allow program participants to include themselves in the art work.

“The event allowed me to creatively memorialize my sister Amber,” said Amanda Pietig, Bill Butler Live Art Experience participant. “It was a great way for people to leave a piece of their loved one at Amanda the Panda.”

About Bill Butler

  • Nationally known artist
  • Works with Thomas Lift, LLC “restoring hope through inspired art, design and clothing made with love and justice”
  • (856) 745-3894

About Jill Wells

  • Mural artist/painter for Blank Park Zoo, YMCA, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Creative Visions Human Development Center
  • (515) 237-7239

About Amanda the Panda Grief Center in West Des Moines

  • Offers the most comprehensive and ongoing services for children, teens, adults and families struggling with a death of a loved one in the state of Iowa
  • 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization
  • (515) 223-4847

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