Sponsored Post: Expressive Journeys Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Circle of Arts Studios


circle-arts-kaylaAre you interested in how art therapy can help you and/or your family? Kayla Helenske, MA, LMHCA is co-owner of Circle of Art Studios where she teaches art classes and operates her art therapy and mental health counseling practice, Expressive Journeys. The studio is located on the west side of 15th Ave right off of Dravus Street at 2821 Thorndyke Ave with easy access to Queen Anne residents.

Helenske’s practice is unique to the area being the only mixed media and pottery studio for kids and adults to also include art therapy and mental health counseling services. Nearly half of the families who frequent the studio are Queen Anne residents because of the easy commute and fantastic services.


Helenske supports individuals in moving forward and growing healthier lives and relationships through holistic and creative processes. For over 15 years she has been weaving her love of art, healing and community through her own art process, teaching art, facilitating art therapy groups and meeting with individual clients and families.

circle-arts-groupHelenske focuses her practice in working primarily with children, teens and women with a multitude of presenting symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loss and grief, emotional regulation, life transitions, self-esteem and social skills.

Art therapy is a means of utilizing art materials to allow thoughts and feelings to move as you dialogue with your inner canvas through lines, shapes and colors giving image to what the experience feels and looks like in your body. The art allows the maker to capture a moment – a tactile representation of thoughts, feelings, as well as further connect and reflect upon what is working, not working or perhaps missing from their life.

circle-arts-metalThe process of creating also allows for a cathartic experience, expelling built up stress, anger and/or grief. The actual feelings of anger, sadness and grief are emotions experienced by everyone. Withholding these feelings and suppressing them can impact our physical and mental health, as well as relationships with others. As a client centered and strength based therapist, Helenske also intertwines mindfulness in her practice guiding clients to note how they feel before, during and after art making which is often accompanied with witness writing their thoughts.

Along with meeting with individual clients, Helenske offers group work including Women’s Identity and Stress Reduction, Intuitive Painting Classes and The Art of Friendship: A Social Skills Group for kids. Friends and families can also schedule private sessions to come together to process loss and grief, transitions or reconnect as a family through art making.


Circle of Art Studios offers a multitude of services including mixed media and pottery classes for kids and adults, art+wine events, raku parties, team-building events and birthday parties. If you are looking to reconnect with your friends and family, let Circle of Art Studios help you host your next gathering. Please visit Circle of Arts Studios website for more information.

You can learn more about Kayla Helenske and her practice, Expressive Journeys, via Circle of Art Studios’ website and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

PNB & SAM partner to bring free Sculptured Dance to Olympic Sculpture Park

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 2.12.21 PMThe free summer arts and music events continue with Sculptured Dance a special “first of its kind” collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). This Thursday, August 11th, various artworks at the Olympic Sculpture park become a stage for two hours only, 6pm-8pm. PNB commissioned works from five local choreographers for the special evening, and the performances are free and open to all.

The five new works will be performed in, on, and around Olympic Sculpture Park sculptures, by dancers from PNB, PNB School, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and Whim W’Him. The genesis for the works is a “conversation with sculptures on-site at the park” that features five dances created by Donald Byrd, Kiyon Gaines, Ezra Thomson, Kate Wallich and Olivier Wevers.

The evening of dance + art is part of The Wallace Foundation’s “Building Audiences for Sustainability” initiative. According to PNB Director Peter Boal:

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 2.12.07 PM“Since the opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park, I’ve wanted to program dance in and around the art… The site is naturally conducive to movement as viewers are lured from one sculpture to the next. Adding dance into the mix seems a perfect fit…. 

Bringing dance to the Olympic Sculpture Park offers the brilliant backdrop of great art as inspiration for dance. Add in the cross-pollination of unfamiliar pairings between three different dance companies and five innovative local choreographers, throw in a little unpredictable weather and an occasional train whistle, and you get something completely thrilling and fresh. There are elements we can’t control and the randomness becomes exciting. No curtain time, no seat assignments, just art, dance and you.”

The free, one-time-only performance takes place this Thursday, August 11th from 6pm-8pm at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue. You may bring chairs, but keep in mind that the performances will take place at various locations in the park, so make sure they’re portable. All are welcome to enjoy a summer evening with art and dance!


Visual arts and classical music come together at Fountainhead Gallery in August

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Kaz Poznanski, White Wash

A new exhibit, Transcendence: Here and Now, opens at Fountainhead Gallery this Thursday, August 4th and runs through August 27th.

It features not only stunning landscape paintings, but also live musical performances to celebrate the visual and performing arts.

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Michael Ferguson, Kachess Ridge

The cooperative exhibit features five painters and three classical musicians from five different countries – Russia, Poland, Romania, Canada and the US – making for a global perspective on transcendence via landscapes, seascapes, and music.

Over thirty works of art by Michael Ferguson, Patricia Johnston, Kaz Poznanski, Claudiu Presecan, and Vasily Reshchuk will be on display at Fountainhead.

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Vasily Reshchuk, Autumn Lace

Dazzling imagery will be accompanied by two live concerts, a free one at the opening reception and a paid, ticketed concert to close out the month-long event. Plus, the gallery has also lined up award-winning young pianists to perform throughout the month.

In addition to these live performances, you may also be lucky enough to stumble upon an impromptu piano concert.

Transcendence sea

Patricia Johnston, Northern Light 2

Fountainhead has partnered with Steinway & Sons for the month for a grand piano that’ll take center stage at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit – and some of those spur-of-the-moment interludes may be by your own Queen Anne neighbors. Fountainhead welcomes local pianists to drop by the gallery and try out the grand piano Thursday through Sunday 11am to 6 pm.

Opening Reception: Free, Saturday, August 6th, 4pm-8pm
4pm: Free opening reception and Queen Anne Art Walk
5:30pm: Free RSVP private concert, Oana Rusu Tomai, pianist and Mikhail Shmidt, violinist
6:15 to 8:00 pm Reception with visual and performing artists
To RSVP: contact Laura at 206.285.4467 or Sue at 206.227.8162 or email fountainheadpresents@gmail.com

Closing Concert & Reception: Saturday, August 27, 6pm-8pm
6pm to 7 pm: Concert with Oana Rusu Tomai on piano and Marcy Stonikas, soprano soloist
7pm to 8 pm: Reception with visual and performing artists
Tickets: tickets for this event will be available at konnectclub.com in August (not posted yet)

Fountainhead Gallery is located at the corner of W McGraw St & 7th Ave W. Stop by 625 W McGraw St in August for both art and live music – and if you’re a pianist, flex your fingers and get ready to perform!

Fountainhead Gallery continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a special sale

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 11.12.09 AMAt the beginning of March, we posted on the new era for Fountainhead Gallery as it marked a 20 year milestone on Queen Anne. A celebration was held in conjunction with the last Queen Anne Art Walk, with music, art, and more, as the gallery expands beyond visual art to all cultural arts.

Now, Fountainhead is hosting a special anniversary sale. All art work is 20% off through the end of the month. If you’ve had your eye on a painting you saw at the last Art Walk or you’ve just been admiring something in the window, now is the time to add something unique to your walls.

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The sale, the first ever that Fountainhead has held, also extends beyond the main gallery to its back rooms. Fountainhead has hundreds of works of art, waiting for a new home. Stop by Fountainhead at 625 W McGraw St this week, the sale ends Thursday, March 31st.

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Fountainhead Gallery celebrates 20 years on Queen Anne this month

Fountainhead Gallery, our local art gallery and Queen Anne Art Walk destination, is marking a major milestone this month – 20 years on Queen Anne. To celebrate, the gallery is featuring a special opening reception this Saturday as it kicks off “Twenty Springs,” an exhibition of artwork from seven Pacific Northwest artists: Laura Beso, Scott Lantz, Jim Matthew, Bobbie Mueller, Eric Rau, Angelita Surmon and Lou Wall.

Scott Lantz

Scott Lantz, Market Early A.M.

As it turns twenty, Fountainhead is looking to the future with a focus on becoming a community arts and cultural center on Queen Anne.

Owners Sue and Ron envision Fountainhead as a space that “not only features our visual artists in solo and group shows, but will occasionally feature and support select performing arts and artists, showcasing music, poetry, drama, as well as an arts and lecture series, Enlighten Me, where dynamic speakers and visionaries from all walks of life and varied backgrounds share their expertise on a variety of relevant and timely subjects, entertain questions and promote openhearted dialogue.”

The opening reception this Saturday, March 5th signals the transition, highlighting not only visual artwork, but also music. Seattle guitarist Amir Beso will perform his “magical melodies” at the reception. You can check out early previews of artwork not pictured in this post on Fountainhead’s website.

Jim Matthew

Jim Matthew, Love in Warmer Climes

The Twenty Springs reception coincides with this Saturday’s Queen Anne Art Walk, which runs from 4pm to 7pm. The Fountainhead reception and performance by Amir Beso begins at 5pm and concludes at 7pm.

Be sure to stop by Fountainhead, 625 W McGraw St, this Saturday with happy anniversary wishes and promise for the future as cultural arts find a home at the corner of McGraw and 7th Ave W.

Join the Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday and play the Stamp Challenge

This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Queen Anne Art Walk. The Art Walk will run from 4pm to 7pm this Saturday, February 6th at participating businesses on Upper Queen Anne.

DreamscapesJoin the Art Walk to see great local art and play the Art Walk Stamp Challenge too. Just pick up a map at any of the Art Walk businesses and get it stamped at every stop along your route. Not only will it help direct you to the art displays, but it’ll also garner you a prize if you fill the map with stamps.

Completed stamp maps can be exchanged for either a $5 gift certificate for Idunn Salon and Spa or BOGO coffee from El Diablo.

Participating businesses that will serve as gallery spaces this Saturday include Idunn Salon and Spa, Castillo’s Custom Upholstery, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, El Diablo Coffee, Queen Anne Olive Oil, and Caffe Ladro.

The Fountainhead Gallery is also participating in the Art Walk. It’s latest show featuring Uyen Tran Gjerde’s ‘Dreamscapes’ paintings is a must-see. (Photo from The Fountainhead’s show)

Get out this Saturday to support local artists and keep the Queen Anne Art Walk a regular first-Saturday event!

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