In­fi­nite Hope greets pa­tients at St. Joseph’s clinic

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - CATHIE COW­ARD ccow­ard@thes­ 905-526-3359 | @pho­togham

Laura Bromwich is a clin­i­cal art ther­a­pist who works in the mood dis­or­ders clinic at St Joseph’s West 5th cam­pus.

For the past year, she and clinic nurse Sharon Berry have worked along­side a se­lect group of pa­tients in the Mood Dis­or­ders Art Ther­apy Pro­gram to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful and tan­gi­ble piece of ther­a­peu­tic art.

“In­fi­nite Hope” was un­veiled May 4 in the hospi­tal’s Mood Dis­or­ders Out­pa­tient Clinic wait­ing area. There, the large mu­ral greets pa­tients as they wait for treat­ment.

The paint­ing was cre­ated in the form of a man­dala, a Hindu or Bud­dhist spir­i­tual sym­bol rep­re­sent­ing unity and whole­ness in the uni­verse.

The artists — Judy Vair, April Man­silla and Tonya Bourque — use na­ture as a metaphor for the sea­sons of change in mind, body and spirit as each in­di­vid­u­ally works through her own unique jour­ney. Geese, snowflakes, inuk­shuks, flow­ers, leaves, but­ter­flies and birds sur­round the cen­tral Trin­ity Knot rep­re­sent­ing the con­nec­tion of mind, body and spirit.

Pa­tients are in­vited read an ex­plana­tory pam­phlet to use as a guide to ex­plore the deeply lay­ered mu­ral. They are also en­cour­aged to make their own con­nec­tions.

Art ther­a­pist Laura Bromwich, far left, works with artist Judy Vair. Above, the artists, and Bromwich with the newly un­veiled “In­fi­nite Hope,” work at St. Joseph’s West 5th Cam­pus on Hamilton Moun­tain.

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