THE Art Shack in Salt Ash has evolved to where it is today from humble beginnings and a story of healing by its owner Deborah Parker.
Deborah’s art began when she was 27 years old, after surviving a mishap that resulted in a disability.
Deborah was introduced to art through a friend, where she then began studying drawing, pastels, acrylic and oil painting. Art became a best friend for Deborah, and a form of therapy during her healing.
Deborah ran an art-related business for 15 years in Melbourne.
She was also painting and selling her artwork through retail outlets all over Australia, before eventually relocating to Port Stephens 13 years ago.
Deborah now focuses her artistic passions and enthusiasm on running part-time art classes for children and adults, including those with disabilities.
Deborah has since studied art therapy and special needs teaching, focusing on helping others to heal and discover hidden artistic talents.
Deborah told News Of The Area, “Over the years, I have noticed the amazing ability that art has to help build self confidence, relieve stress and help with mental health.”
Deborah runs art classes at the Art Shack in Salt Ash after school hours, and adult classes by appointment.
She also runs classes at the Tomaree Library (Salamander) after school, and school holiday art programs on the farm where children can pat, feed and observe the animals and engage in art activities.
Call Deborah for more information on 0468412916.
By Rachael VAUGHAN