Girls_at_art_show_colorAmanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf is pictured with volunteers in the children’s art gallery at the 2013 Canterbury Art Show. The locally based art therapy program will once again get an assist from this year’s show, scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Press release from St. George’s by the River

The organizers of the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event have announced that a portion of proceeds from the 2014 event will once again benefit the work of Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program administered through the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around.

The exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork will take place on Labor Day weekend, August 29-31,at St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson.

Amanda’s Easel, the nationally recognized creative arts therapies program, is designed to create a support system to help both children and their non-offending parents cope with the life changes precipitated by violence and abuse. The program provides art, play and music therapy that promotes healing, by encouraging clients to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment, through various creative arts intervention and case management services.

Each year since 2012, children of St. George’s-by-the-River parish have participated in structured art classes as part of the Sunday School program.In addition, members of St. George’s chapter of the Girls Friendly Society, a philanthropic society that empowers girls and young women, create small paintings, to be exhibited at the Art Show. Framed and matted originals of these paintings are sold during the art show.  Each year, money has been donated to Amanda’s Easel from the proceeds of these sales.

The Canterbury Art Show will celebrate its third year in 2014. More than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond will be on display and offered for sale. All proceeds from the Art Show directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its Outreach Grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Lunch Break, Family Promise, HABcore, 180 Turning Lives Around and more.

Tickets to the Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts can be purchased in advance on the event website or at the door each day. Daytime show tickets are $10 each, and are good for all days of the show. Tickets to the Friday, August 29 Meet the Artists reception are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The catered reception includes wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. The purchase of a reception ticket provides the purchaser with free entry to the show every day.

For more information on the 2014 Canterbury Art Show at St. Georges-by-the-River, email or call Beth Sherrard at (732)383-7465, or Denise Weiner at (732)471-8512.