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Irene Hilbert-Art as Healing

Posted 11/28/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, Nov. 30, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall at the University of Hartford, as local artist Irene Hilbert presents on art as a way to promote healing.

Many years ago, Hilbert attended a series of workshops based on Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, which explores creativity as a practice and a philosophy. This experience sent her on a trajectory of exploring and developing her artistic talents, aimed at helping herself and others maximize health and happiness. 

Hilbert believes creativity is life's energy and God's gift to us. Being open to its power can reveal powerful changes to one's life. Hilbert states, "I paint for the joy I feel when creating art and for its transformational and healing capabilities."

Hilbert’s love affair with beauty began, “In my childhood in NYC where I spent many days noticing the array of colors, patterns, and textures of the world around me. I felt the excitement and energy of the city and explored the happenings of nature in the woods of Inwood where I grew up.. It wasn't until many years later I discovered the art within me. Today, I enjoy working with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, oil sticks and collage.”

Her teachers include Debi Pendall, Linda Percoski, Lucianna Heineman, Terese Newman, and Jeanne Manzelli. She is thankful for their encouraging ways and unique styles as she awakens to her own creative style.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters-with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334