Schurig Center is pleased to share “Animal Tales” a collection of animal mixed media artworks and writing created by artists in our Art Studio. Artists spent art sessions creating the images and writings for this book. The artists reflected on the importance of animals in their lives, and how they provide friendship, inspiration, healing, and unconditional love. During the process of creating the images, stories, and reflections, the artists shared thought provoking experiences of the healing impact that animals have in their lives. Enjoy!
Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery has been fortunate to have Paul Miller share his talent and enthusiasm for art as a weekly volunteer in our Art Studio for many years.
Paul was the Marin Independent Journal’s editorial cartoonist in the late 1960’s, later was the editorial and sports cartoonist for the Novato Advance for most of the 1970’s, has done cover cartoons for the Pacific Sun, and worked as a cartoonist illustrator for the Tiburon Ark. He has also had cartoons published in the San Francisco Chronicle as an “Image to the Editor” contributor.
A former Marine and a UCLA graduate, Paul taught a cartooning course in the College of Marin’s Art Department, where he was a full time faculty member in the English and Communications Departments for four decades.
Paul’s paintings and drawings can be found in private collections throughout the United States and abroad in France, London, and India.
The community at Schurig Center is deeply grateful for Paul’s dedication and contribution made over many years. He is a Marin Country treasure who has truly enriched the lives of many. Thank you, Paul!
During August 2017 at Marin Humane, animal drawings by Paul Miller will be on display for viewing along with original animal drawings and mixed media artwork created by artists in Schurig Center’s Art Studio under Paul’s instruction.
Schurig Center’s staff and participants kicked off our new Community Integration Program with an outing to Marin Humane in Novato.
The gang began their day by sharing lunch together and visiting with some of the furry friends found at Marin Humane. The group then had the opportunity to view their artwork, which had been on display at Marin Humane throughout August as part of Schurig Center’s “Healing Through Pawsitivity” Art Show. The show featured animal drawings and mixed media artworks created by artists in Schurig Center’s Therapeutic Art Studio as well as drawings by long-time volunteer Paul Miller, who guest lectures and teaches animal drawing groups. To commemorate the art show a book was created, named “Animal Tales,” featuring some of the paintings and stories from the show. After viewing their artwork, the group did a book reading together of “Animal Tales” and then gathered to watch a movie together complete with popcorn.
Community integration outings like this one are important to the recovery process of our participants whose lives have been affected by brain injury. They provide a venue for participants to re-engage with our community, to build confidence through personal interactions with new people, and to practice communication and social skills. The outing also gives participants a sense of independence. The day was a great success enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to our next outing.THANK YOU! Schurig Center would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Marin Humane who helped make this beneficial day possible by providing the space, animal visits, equipment and their time. Community partnerships with organizations like Marin Humane make our work possible. We are deeply grateful.
Check out “Animal Tales” featuring animal drawings and mixed media artworks created by artists in Schurig Center’s Art Studio.