Art that Heals, an exhibition of art works that have "a healing role in the life of their creator or viewer," has opened at Tohono Chul Park.

A free reception with the artists is set for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are being served.

A curator's talk begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 16.

A workshop to help make Ben's Bells is set from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the children's ramada.

The exhibit is on display through May 16.

Mandalas, icons, shrines or other images used for mediation, prayer or healing are featured, along with works dealing with prayer or intercessions to saints, artwork made in response to grief or to help the maker deal with a spiritual or psychological problem, and artwork that engenders or represents hope and healing, the release said.

"The exhibit's aim is to explore how art images can be powerful objects that positively influence our spirits," it continued. "For instance, images can be meditative aids, and art activities frequently are used in therapeutic settings to provide patients with a means of self expression and healing. Art-making can be cathartic for people who endure suffering, helping restore balance and health in their lives after experiencing loss or illness."

Entry to the galleries at Tohono Chul Park is free with admission, which is priced at $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, $3 for students, $2 for children 5-12.

Tohono Chul Park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, one stoplight west of the intersection at Oracle and Ina.

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