The featured presenter will be Amy Oestreicher. She will show some of her art and explain how art enabled her to not only heal, but to live a happy, healthy life.
Amy says, “As a former patient, I know the healing power of art. My goal is to help others express themselves creatively to find their voice in difficult times and to recover their sense of self in uncertain circumstances. Creativity was my roadmap where there was none, my anchor when times felt uncertain, my lifeline back to myself, my way to express emotions too overwhelming for words, and an empowering tool to feel as though I were co-creating my circumstances along with the universe. With fun, tactile materials and open-ended ideas, I aim to inspire others with tools that enabled me to keep my spirit alive.”
Amy is a Westport artist, actress, musician, orator and writer. Her discovery of art while healing from surgery has inspired her to share the transformative power of creativity with her community. Most recently, her piece, Dancing Girl, was purchased by Yale New Haven Hospital – the very same hospital where Amy had picked up a paintbrush for the first time.
She specializes in acrylics, mixed media and collage. Her first solo art exhibit in 2011 featured over 70 original works spreading her message of hope in the darkest of times, and the celebration of life. Since then, Oestreicher has mounted dozens of solo exhibits at Discovery Museum, Temple Shalom, Picture This Gallery, Ridgefield Tusk and Cup Fine Coffee and several other venues. She has also participated in juried exhibitions at Blue Lemon, Beechwood Arts Gallery, City Lights Gallery, G & B Cultural Center, Carriage Barn’s Art in the Windows, and Ridgefield Art Walk. and her show “Coming hoME, Finding heART honored the grand opening of the Prescott Tavern in Amherst, MA. Her work has also been featured in various boutiques such as Palooza in Fairfield, Hazel Daze Boutique, and it was featured on NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Amy wrote, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, and continues to share her story through her art, music, theatre, workshops and writings, which have appeared in Washington Post, on CBS, WNBC and Seventeen, and her one-woman show has been seen in theatres across the country, earning rave reviews since it’s Broadway World Award-nominated NYC debut.