Celebrity Items in Silent Auction

Guests at the Phoenix Art Gala will find some very special artistic items donated by local professional artists in the silent auction.


Demarcation Kirk Seufert

Demarcation Kirk Seufert

Kirk Seufert ‘s painting “Demarcation” will be shown.  Creating artwork has been his lifelong interest  to which he brings a great deal of world experience.  Kirk is drawn to natural hues and elements, including stone, metal and glass.  He brings his self-taught faux-finishing techniques to a wide range of abstract paintings and sculpture.  “Because my interests are so broad, I find it difficult to pinpoint what inspires me.  However, I do aspire to generate an emotion in the viewer, and also that “need for a closer look” at my pieces.  “Demarcation” is 23” x 27” in rich tones of bronze, gold and black.


Garden Kimono Libby Byler

Garden Kimono Libby Byler

Sailor's Kimono Libby Byler

Sailor’s Kimono Libby Byler

Libby Byler

Libby Byler’s “Garden Kimono” and “Sailor’s Kimono”  will be shown.  Libby  followed a new idea with the Kimono theme she has developed and shared with large artworks in recent exhibits at Nashville galleries.  She created “Garden Kimono” and “Sailor’s Kimono” as 12” x 12” art pieces using dried pigment with eusein medium, finished with a cold wax finish.


Jeff Fladen

Jeff Fladen is a master photographer and shares a timeless image from nature.  He shares one of his masterful images of nature.


Preview of Art Shop

Healing Arts Project, Inc. artists enjoy art classes in 14 mental health peer support centers in Middle Tennessee.  Artists create interesting artworks in the classes as they study different artistic styles, techniques, seasonal topics and personal favorite places.  Here is a preview of some of the artwork available in the Art Shop at the Phoenix Art Gala.


Future City by Augie Collier

Future City by Augie Collier


Dance Machine  Tony Fleming

Dance Machine Tony Fleming


Pryamid of Life Terry Cooper

Pryamid of Life Terry Cooper


Watering Can  Laura Hudson

Watering Can Laura Hudson


Iris in a Vase John Sneed

Iris in a Vase John Sneed


In Fligiht Beverly Hinkle

In Fligiht Beverly Hinkle




Jonathan Brown  entertains at Phoenix Art Gala

Jonathan Brown entertains at Phoenix Art Gala

Jonathan Brown, Nashville Guitarist, will be providing background music during the Phoenix Art Gala on February 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt.  Jonathan has played several times at the world famous Grand Ole Opry.   He has established himself in the community of guitar players for his fingerstyle guitar.  Brown plays both his own original compositions and classics in a distinctive, relaxing style.


Epiphone Guitar

Autographed Guitar

The Phoenix Art Gala offers a rare opportunity for followers of Nashville stars Amy Grant and Vince Gill.  An Epihone guitar which they have personally autographed is featured as a celebrity item in the Silent Auction.  Bids will be received starting at $600 for this unique opportunity to own an Epiphone  guitar which they have signed.  Advance bids are being received at HAPIartshop@gmail.com.


Art Auction Preview

Flower Burst by Laura Hudson

Flower Burst by Laura Hudson

The Silent Auction of newly created artworks at the Phoenix Art Gala on February 5 will share some very desirable artworks.  One  examples of a Silent Auction art work is  Flower Burst by Nashville artist Laura Hudson  who has a bright, detailed style using colored markers.  Laura says “I have to put in a lot of detail in my work to make my pictures come alive for my admirers.  I like to hear how happy it makes them feel.” 


Phoenix Art Gala

The fifth Phoenix Art Gala takes place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt  sponsored by the Healing Arts Project, Inc.  HAPI offers opportunities for individuals in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors to raise community awareness and help combat stigma about these disorders.  The Gala includes a HAPI Art Exhibit and silent auction, casual dinner and honoring four Friends of the Healing Arts Project, Inc. for their service. Original paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics and weaving from over 50 Middle Tennessee HAPI artists will be offered through the art shop and by silent auction.  Also featured in the silent auction will be an Epiphone Guitar signed by Amy Grant and Vince Gill and  “Demarcation,” an oil on wood painting by Kirk Seufert.  Nashville guitarist Jonathan Brown will be the featured entertainer for the Gala.

Over 300 individuals in Middle Tennessee enjoy artistic opportunities that nurture talent and transform lives through the Healing Arts Project, Inc. Artists find their hidden talents and develop new pride in accomplishment that plays a major role in their journey of recovery.

All proceeds of the Phoenix Art Gala benefit HAPI community programs and artistic services.  For more information and to view HAPI art, visit www.healingartsprojectinc.org.  Tickets and sponsorships available now.  Contact HAPI at healingartsproject@gmail.com.

The Healing Arts Project, Inc.  is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

The Epiphone Guitar signed by Amy Grant and Vince Gill is available for advance bids in the Phoenix Art Gala Silent Auction.  Minimum bid is $400.  Send your bid to HAPIartshop@gmail.com along with your name, telephone number, and address.  This is a unique opportunity and HAPI is making possible advance bids as a special feature of the Gala.


Autographed Guitar

Frist Art Center Community Partner

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. has become a Community Partner with the Frist Art Center for the Visual Arts.

The Park Center South art class is using the Frist Art Center art trunk co-ordinated with the exhibit “Kandinsky:  A Retrospective.: ( Read more about the Art Trunk program under News and Events).  Park Center South art students will tour the Kandinsky exhibit at the Frist Art Center during December 2014.



Bookmarks Distributed in Public Library Branches

HAPI prints bookmarks each year featuring original artwork and distributes them at public library branches, conferences and health fairs.  This year two bookmarks were printed.  One features “Flower Vase” by Laura Hudson and the other bookmark features “Colorful Jug” by Darrell Pepper.  The bookmarks list the statewide Mental Health and Addiction Crisis number to call 1-855-274-7471.  The bookmark also lists some well known persons who contributed to society and lived with a mental illness.

The Healing Arts Project, Inc.HAPI – is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors.  In this way we raise awareness in the community and help combat stigma about these disorders, thus promoting understanding, acceptance and success.  Look at our opportunities and news pages here on our website to find out more about the artists and the activities of HAPI, and opportunities for you to become involved.


Indian Princess by Augie CollierC Alexander Roses Under Glass 

Tennessee State University Main Library Art Corner is hosting an exhibit of 50 HAPI artworks through mid December.  The artists come from home towns across Middle Tennessee, and subjects of the artwork includes scenes of nature, individuals important in their lives, places the artists have visited or would like to visit,  and some abstract art. The TSU Main Library Art Corner is at 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard and is open daily.  “Indian Princess” by Augie Collier and “Roses Under Glass” by Candy Alexander are in the exhibit.

Everglades by Laura Hudson

Artwork hanging in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Historic Metro Courthouse in Nashville has changed recently in the ongoing Gallery space outside the courtrooms of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman and Chancellor Carol McCoy.  These colorful pictures include “Orange Sunshine” by Alea Griffin and “Everglades” by Laura Hudson.  The Courthouse is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

Orange Sunshine by Alea Griffin

Visitors to the Polk Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center see a collection of HAPI art placed in the Polk Level Gallery outside the Polk Theater.  This set of pictures includes “Night Fishing” by Laura Hudson.  TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and during performances.

Laura Hudson Night Fishing




HAPI partners with TAADAS for art sales

TAADAS (Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services) and the Healing Arts Project, Inc.  are partnering to promote HAPI art for sale in the TAADAS Recovery Bookstore located at the TAADAS office at 1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 155.  The collection of pictures available make meaningful gifts as the sales benefit the artists.  The office contact telephone is 615-780-5901. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014


The new collection of original poems and essays by Tennessee individuals in mental health and addiction recovery illustrated with original HAPI artworks is available for distribution.  The theme of the collection “I Raise My Voice” reflects reaching a place in the journey of recovery where you find your voice, and then raise your voice with hope and faith.  The booklet contains an updated list of “Where to Find Help” listing available resources for individuals and families needing help with mental health and addiction.  Printing this booklet is made possible by a grant from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. To receive a copy of “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014” send your name, address and a donation for postage to HAPI at PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN  37202.


Artwork in Centerstone Ongoing Exhibits


HAPI partners with Behavioral Health Organizations to sponsor the Healing Arts Project, Inc.  Centerstone, Inc. created the Jane Baxter Gallery at the Ella Hayes Building, 1101 6th Avenue North,  to showcase the artwork of the their client artists from preschool through adults served by Centerstone programs.  HAPI provides art classes at the Centerstone ReConnect Peer Support Centers in Nashville, Clarksville, Dickson, Columbia, Tullahoma and Shelbyville.  The art created by the ReConnect artists has recently been changed in the Jane Baxter Gallery.  You can see the new art by visiting the Ella Hayes Center entrance on Madison Street and proceeding to the second floor.


HAPI Outreach Card


HAPI will be distributing a colorful new outreach card at the Back to School Festival that carries the HAPI logo.  Our logo is our brand with vibrant, alive colors and includes the website where visitors can find out more about HAPI services that bring opportunities in creative expression to persons in mental health and addiction recovery.

Happy outreach card front

Visit the website at www.healingartsprojectinc.org  and Facebook to learn more about the Healing Arts Project, Inc.


Email healingartsproject@gmail.com for more information about events and opportunities.


HAPI Gifts

HAPI Notecards and Artwork make great gifts for the coming holidays.  Proceeds of sales go back to the Artists.  Order on our Opportunities page. These make wonderful gifts for Valentine’s Day, birthdays and other special events.


The Healing Arts Project, Inc – HAPI – provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors.  In this way we raise awareness in the community and help combat stigma about these disorders, thus promoting understanding, acceptance, and success.


HAPI has been supporting the creative arts for persons in mental health and addiction recovery since 2004.


Art classes and art materials are supported by grants and provide a creative outlet for over 300 individuals in mental health and addiction recovery in Middle Tennessee. Art classes are taught by professional artists at mental health peer support centers. Funding partners include the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Memorial Foundation, United Healthcare Community Plan, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  Volunteers from Hands on Nashville and other individuals donate services and art materials.


HAPI exhibits artworks in community sites including public libraries, galleries and churches.  The opportunity to show their artwork in public increases the self-esteem and self-confidence of the artists.  They are seen as persons with abilities and talent, not with disabilities. Check our calendar of events for schedules.