Coloring event at The Bookworm of Edwards focuses on art therapy |

Coloring event at The Bookworm of Edwards focuses on art therapy

The Bookworm of Edwards will host Coloring and Cocktails for Art Therapy on Thursday, March 17. Tickets are $35,and include one coloring book, St. Patrick’s Day appetizers and one drink.
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What: Coloring and Cocktails for Art Therapy.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $35, includes one coloring book, St. Patrick’s Day appetizers and one drink.

More information: Visit, or call 970-926-7323.

Most children are taught to color “inside the lines” with their crayons or hued pencils. They fill in outlines on a printed piece of paper, eliciting a tidier expression of creativity. But life isn’t always tidy, and art doesn’t need to be practiced in search of imaginary perfection.

If we let children be the teachers, they would show us that engaging in art is about freedom and peace of mind much more than precision. Some adults are coming back to coloring for this very reason — to reignite the experience of a clear and open mind.

Sarah Taylor, programs manager at The Bookworm of Edwards, said the first Coloring and Cocktails night took the store by surprise.

“Our store was full of friends connecting over what their days had held,” she said. “They were simultaneously unloading with friends and de-stressing through coloring. The end of the evening felt lighter, like weights had been lifted and stress had been left on the pages of coloring books.”

The Bookworm is holding its next Coloring and Cocktails night today at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35,and include one coloring book, St. Patrick’s Day appetizers and one drink.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The event will open with an art-therapy discussion as a theme in collaboration with the 2016 One Book One Valley communitywide reading initiative. The program was created to promote a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation, while deepening engagement in literature through reading and discussion.

This year’s One Book One Valley selection, “We Are Called to Rise,” by Laura McBride, visits themes of hardship, hope and resilience.

“This year’s One Book One Valley read is all about rising in the midst of ashes, fighting to stay strong when everything seems to crumble around you,” Taylor said. “The local outlets — The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Valley Library District and the Vail Public Library — have provided great opportunities for people to leave their stress on the page without carrying it back into their lives.”

Lauren Merrill, owner, director and teacher at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards, will give a short introduction at the beginning of the workshop at The Bookworm. She will discuss the benefits of art therapy before the group dives into coloring.

“It’s a natural stress-reliever that often leads to better mental health,” she said, “and you do not have to consider yourself an artist to reap the benefits of art therapy, especially from a carefree art form such as coloring.”

Merrill said that by expressing ourselves through art and taking the time to be creative, art becomes a therapy that helps us process our emotions, so we can begin to heal or gain a deeper understanding of ourselves.

“Art is a great form of therapy because it’s something that can be done alone or with a group of people,” she said, “and there is no right or wrong way to create.”

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