Artist considers color and its impact on well-being

SAN ANTONIO (June 7, 2011) — Austin artist Leanne Venier, whose abstract paintings explore how color affects well-being, will speak this week on “The Color Effect” as part of an ongoing exhibit of her work at the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Her talk is scheduled for noon Thursday in the Howe Conference Room on the fifth floor of the library. It is free and open to the public. Her paintings will be displayed on the library’s third floor through the end of June.

Venier studies color therapy, an alternative medicine technique that seeks to use color to balance a person’s physical and emotional health. Through her brightly colored paintings, she tries to calm minds and bring physically healing serenity. Her studies also include Eastern medicine and Jungian psychology.

She opened her own art gallery in Austin last year and has worked as a mechanical design engineer, an acupuncturist and a Shiatsu masseuse. She also consults on color therapy for the Austin State Hospital.

Venier has exhibited internationally and received the grand prize of the jury for outstanding artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy. She also was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in Houston. Her artwork has been featured in a number of publications, and she is often interviewed on the use of color in healing.

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