WISCASSET — A display of art made by women working to overcome the effects of domestic violence will be on exhibit from 5-8 p.m. at the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, Aug. 30. New Hope for Women, the regional domestic violence resource center, offers a Healing Through Art support group for women who have experienced violence, abuse and intimidation. 

According to Lisa Couture, NHFW youth educator, the art-based support group encourages the healing process by emphasizing the themes of safety, empowerment, resilience and finding hope. Participants who are exploring their life challenges through creative mediums can do so in a safe environment that allows them to find a voice with which to explore their abuse and break their silence.  

“We suggest a particular project, give them an example and then let them create their own versions using whatever materials we have available,” Couture said. “We always tell them there is no way for them to do it wrong.”

The New Hope for Women display will also include a local sample from the international Clothesline Project, a display of painted T-shirts created by survivors of violence or those who love and support a survivor. The shirts in the display were all made by clients served by New Hope over the years, Couture said. 

The walk will also include a collection of abstract oil paintings by local artist Leonard Meiselman. The collection of large paintings, titled Black and White, explores the shades and nuances of love, loss, and wonder. The artist will be present during the event and will talk about his work at 6:30 p.m.

Meiselman describes himself as an intuitive painter without a specific goal or image in mind as he takes brush to canvas.  

“In my painting I seek to explore the world within, to learn what is inside me. And so, my painting discovers me into life. I learn from brush strokes — who I am at that very moment — and what it is that I am seeking to express,” he said. 

Born and raised in New York City, Meiselman received his art education at the Cooper Union in New York City, the Skowhegan School of Art in Maine and the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. After living in Florence, Italy, for more than 18 years, he returned to the U.S. and is now a full-time Wiscasset resident.

The artist’s work has been shown recently at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, Monhegan Island, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Portland Public Library, Green Lion Gallery in Bath and the Hebrew Union College Museum in New York City.

For more information, visit wiscassetartwalk.org, email Lucia Droby at [email protected] or call Violet Brandwein at 917-327-1449.