Xpressive Arts Center
Bonnie Stromer, a registered art therapist, opened Xpressive Arts Center to make art programs available for everyone in the community, animating her belief that the arts are an important form of communication. Inside the historic stone building, instructors lead an array of classes in printmaking, beadwork, and painting. Art-therapy sessions are led by a registered art therapist specializing in treating children who have behavioral problems and adults who suffer from depression; the art therapist palliates these afflictions by stoking the flames of each individual’s artistic expressivity. During the popular BYOB painting sessions, groups of painters bond and learn new techniques over wine, beer, or basically any kind of matter that starts with the letter b. A variety of parent-and-child classes, such as Mommy and Me sessions and family craft nights, helps strengthen the bond of caregivers and tots through artistic expression and paste.