Art helps with your state of flow this holiday season

During the holidays, it’s easy to get burnt out with all the gift-shopping, parties, and overtime. Sometimes we get so caught up in everything that is going on in life that we have a hard time zeroing in on the joys of the season. One way to remind ourselves to be present for the people we love is to achieve what behaviorists call “a state of flow.” Psychology Today defines flow as an activity that one accomplishes where time and the sense of self seems suspended. Flow allows you to tune in and tune out all at the same time so that your mind becomes refreshed and energized. Creating and consuming artwork can put people in a state of flow, and allowing for more art in your life can only be beneficial.

The Barron Park House Gallery, located on the river next to the bridge at 471 N. Lee St., is a local hub for art. Not only do they offer classes for all skill levels, but they also display high quality artwork from renown local artists. Two classes are available for the community within the next week. “The 12 Days of Craftmas” is designed for guests to create affordable gifts like ornaments, mugs, and glasses. Classes occur every Thursday-Saturday afternoon until December 15. For more information call Danika Hopper at 239-284-2708 or email at Also there is an Abstract Art Workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. that is focused on allowing everyone to tune into their own creativity to paint a unique abstract piece of art. The cost is $20 for members/ $25 for non-members, and all materials are provided. Find more information at or call Heather at 239-240-2656.

Stop in to the Barron Park House Gallery to see all the new artwork for the month of December every Thursday-Sunday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The artist of the month for December is Kelly Ann Bradshaw. Kel Bradshaw painted her first oil at age 11. She has tried various mediums, but oil is still her favorite. Portraits of people and animals are often Kel’s subjects. Her most recent award was Best In Show at Barron House Gallery in LaBelle. Formerly, Kel bred and showed Manx cats, and later Persian cats, receiving many Best of Breed National and Regional awards, and she was a cat show judge for 10 years. She also bred and showed white Chinese Crested dogs. As an “Air Force brat”, Kel lived in Japan, Germany, and all over the USA. She moved to LaBelle five years ago, and is here to stay.

I hope you make time to take care of yourself so that you can truly enjoy your festivities. Flow can happen in many ways, but if you feel a pull to be more creative, then you’re in the right place because there aren’t many more inspirational places than beautiful LaBelle. And if you know of any local art-related events or news to be celebrated, please email

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