Oct 15, 2012

Hot Studio Sponsors “We Step Into The Light”

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Peter Jacques
Office Manager / Video Producer

I’m proud to say that Hot Studio will be sponsoring a unique and powerful event called We Step Into The Light this Thursday, October 18th, at the Firehorse Salon in San Francisco.

Originally developed by Dr. Desmonette Hazly, We Step Into The Light pairs victims of sexual abuse with fine artists, in an effort to transform past traumas into something inspirational and even beautiful. Participants act as “models” for artists who meet with them, one-on-one, sharing their stories and their struggles. From these experiences the artist creates a piece of artwork that expresses their experience, their journey, and their power to turn their lives around. At the culmination of the process, all the works of art are publicly exhibited and participants are given a chance to address the crowd (some coming out for the first time with their stories) and describe the experience of having a piece of art created just to celebrate them.

My involvement as an artist with We Step Into The Light started when I met Chimine Arfuso, a woman who had been raped in her home as a teenager and ultimately attended her attacker’s trial, publicly forgave him (um… what?) and started a journey of recovery and transformation that led her to starting her own nonprofit, Create Social Change. After participating in Dr. Hazly’s program, held at the University of California at Irvine, Arfuso found the experience so beneficial and rewarding, she brought the method back to her community in the Bay Area. Dr. Hazly has called the the transformation “survivor-to-thriver.”

What began for me as a late night conversation over a bottle of wine with Chimine took me to a place where doing my art became an actual way to make a difference in someone’s life. Some of the issues my model and I talked about were cultural attitudes about rape, family histories, the power of silence, and the drive to heal and help others. It has been an amazing experience, being able to create art that celebrates and supports another human being so specifically, focusing on them and their healing process.

If this sounds interesting to you, please come join us on Thursday, October 18th. See the art and hear some really inspirational and transformative stories from people who are no longer just surviving, but thriving.

We Step Into The Light
Thursday, October 18, 2012
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Firehorse Salon: 659 Haight Street, San Francisco, 92117

$10 donation at door gets 1 glass of wine and 2 raffle tickets.