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Meet the Member – OASIS – Open Art Studio & Inspirational Space

Christie Connolly, LMHC, Owner, Art Therapist of OASIS Art Therapy

1) Tell us a bit about you and what you do?
We at Oasis hope to bring art and creativity to a diverse community, allowing the individuals to express themselves while connecting with other artistic people in groups, workshops, or an open studio experience. We offer social peer support to people looking for a creative outlet.
We offer individual, couples, family counseling. Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy.
We offer Art Therapy Workshops, Craftsman Workshops, Peer Group Workshops, Therapeutic Mentoring Groups. Open Studio hours, Private functions by appointment. Open Mic, Poetry Events.
2) What do you love the most about (your business)?
Art has always been an organic therapeutic process for me, so building a safe, creative space has been a dream.
3) How does (your business) contribute to the Creative Economy?
We provide a space for artists to teach their skills and introduce their craft  to an amateur, but enthusiastic audience.
4) What’s your favorite part of (your business)?
Being able to help people that would normally discredit therapy. I was able to  witness how the open art studio model brought a group of troubled youth together and gave them the ability to express not only their creativity but their concerns and issues in life.
5) What’s the one thing people wouldn’t know about you or (your business)?
We have anything and everything that an artist would need for a project, from a the multi use Dremel, sewing machine, materials and every color pom-pom you could imagine.
Since you’re here… We need your help. Creative Salem sparks and fosters the growth of the ever evolving creative economy in Salem and throughout the North Shore. The creativity of more people than ever has been ignited through our coverage and support, and we need your help to keep fostering the creatives and artists who make the world a more creative place. With your help, we can keep planning affordable unique events, providing unparalleled free coverage of the leaders and initiatives in the creative economy space while building our creative collective and advocate network. We do this because we believe in a thriving creative culture and its impact on quality of life – we know you do, too. If everyone who reads this article helps fund us, the future of a more “creative” community would be a lot more secure. For as little as $5 per month, you can support our mission.

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