Stephanie Smith is a Self-Taught Artist with a Special Emphasis on Painting, Mark Making, & Mandalas. She Craves Self-Awareness and Being of Service to Others as an Educator/Mentor. Her Tools for Growth Include: Expressive Art, Mindfulness, Writing, Public Speaking, & Yoga.
Creating art for the purpose of spiritual evolution, Stephanie has developed a strong belief that process based art can be a powerful tool for transformative personal growth- temporarily silencing our harsh inner critic once the focus on quality has been removed. Working in this way, Stephanie believes that anyone may receive the many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits that art making has to offer.
As a recent speaker at TEDxLehighRiver with the topic of "Art as a Spiritual Practice: What I've Learned from Making 10,000 Mandalas" Stephanie continues to share her processes, practices and personal stories with students in workshops, at spiritual and wellness retreats, and as a guest presenter at local schools and universities. Stephanie is also a registered yoga instructor, (RYT200) working with private students and groups. She has a special interest in trauma informed practices.
"Whether in art or yoga, my teaching style is gentle and intended to be of an empowering nature. I hold space for you and let you know that everything I offer is an option- that you always have choice."
(TEDxLehighRiver "Art as a Spiritual Practice")
(PBS39 Interview "The Spirit of Art")
Contact Stephanie for her availability to work with adult individuals and groups at email@example.com or 484-893-0336.
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Through expressive art making, meditation, and reflective writing practices, I seek to know myself so I can know what's bigger than me. As a writer, educator, and public speaker, my desire is to be of service to others. Creating art for the purpose of spiritual evolution, I have developed a strong belief that process based art can be a powerful tool for transformative personal growth. While I have been primarily working for the last 10 years with the sacred circular art form known as mandala, my work is not limited to that form. When people ask me if a particular culture or wisdom tradition has influenced my work, the answer is almost always yes. My inspiration comes from everywhere. I enjoy working with whatever medium suits me in the moment. Favorites include gouache, colored pencil. acrylic paint, found object assemblages, or even just a single white pencil on a black piece of paper.
Recent artistic highlights include:
2013 “Contextualize: The Banana Factory Resident Artist Annual Exhibition” Bethlehem, PA
2013 June Featured Artist at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA
2013 “Reanimated Movements ACE Group exhibition at The Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
2013 “ACE Group Show” MCS Gallery at The Sigal Museum, Easton, PA
2013 "At The Edge of Awkward" ACE Group exhibition at The Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
2013 "South Side Smalls: Red Collection" In-studio exhibition The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Photo Show” organizer/participant of group exhibition at The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Perspectives: The Banana Factory Resident Artist Annual Exhibition” Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Earth is Overrated” Group exhibition at Allentown Art Works, Allentown, PA
2012 “First Amendment” Group exhibition Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Elucidator Interview: Taking Root - Growth in the Valley Art Community
2012 “WE” Group project and exhibition at Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA
2011 Semi-finalist in the Lehigh Valley Art Wars live art competition