Since Sedona Wellness moved from North Windham to Raymond and changed its name to Sedona Wellness & Creativity Center, owner Lynn Priest and nail technician Beth O’Neill are offering more than massages, holistic healing and nail treatments. They are providing creative therapy through Art Night Out, a company based in South Portland, Maine.
Every Wednesday night Priest sets up a space in her center to work with a group of people to create mini-works of art, wearable art. With silver and gold clasps, multiple colors of leather, beads in every shape and size spread out over the table. Up to 10 participants, men and women sort through the materials to make a personalized leather bracelet.
It’s a community event with one person asking advice and everyone giving their opinion, strangers and friends alike. The mood is set with up tempo music, wine and some good ol’ art therapy.
“You’ve got to have patience, strength and wine,” said attendee Pat Einermann, who met Priest at the Naples Blues Festival earlier this summer and has already attended two classes.
Priest went to Tuscon, Arizona in February with the creator of Art Night Out, Catherine Bickford. They attended a gem and jewelry show where Priest took15 classes in a week and a half, many of which she brought the projects back to her center for her clients.
“I spend time in Sedona as often as possible. There are shops in Sedona that sell crystals, do massage, I wanted (my shop) to be just like that,” Priest said.
Priest is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her shop is exactly what she imagined, full of crystals, healing essential oils and jewelry she has made to sell. The comfortable atmosphere welcomes new clients and crafters and Priest is so friendly that one instantly feels at home. She also will explain all of her Art Night Out projects that are on display in case someone is interested in coming back. On a rotating basis she teaches the personalized leather bracelet, wire wrapped sea glass earrings, ice resin pendants, crocheted wire jewelry, basic beading and textured metal jewelry. Skill level doesn’t matter, although knowing how to crochet makes the crocheted wire jewelry project easier.
The classes can be tailored to all ages and every Tuesday Priest does a class at Migis Lodge for its guests and can be reserved for a private gathering upon request.
Art Night Out classes are Wednesday nights starting at 6 p.m. Other services offered at Sedona Wellness & Creativity Center are massage, Reiki Master/teacher, polarity therapy and crystal healing. O’Neill offers a variety of manicures and pedicures. New to the center is Psychic Jeri. Jeri will be available by appointment to do readings on site as well as by phone. You can see her information at www.psychicjeri.com.
Sedona Wellness & Creativity Center can be found online at www.sedonawellnessme.com. Links there will bring you to the Art Night Out page with descriptions of the projects.