Pop-Up Art Gallery & Shop at Tribe, August 2016

Pop-Up Art Gallery & Shop at Tribe, August 2016

I make art because I have to. It is a sacred spiritual practice. A safe space where I can breathe because I know I belong in it.
— Verse

Mission 

The mission of Soul Revival Healing Arts is to create meaningful experiences of connection, healing, and creativity. We do this by offering various art classes and workshops, art gatherings, and integrative bodywork.

VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia is the founder/owner of Soul Revival Healing Arts. She is an Artist, Author, Advocate & Facilitator. Known affectionately as ‘Verse’, her experience is a melting pot of intuitive healing, painting, writing poetry, public speaking, and helping others see creativity as a catalyst for ‘digging in’ to rediscover their own innate gifts. A connector by nature, Verse has a knack for inspiring and empowering people, and her life’s work is about exposing the power of the healing arts. 

 Verse has been interviewed frequently by news media (ABC, WGN, Daily Herald, CBS & NPR) for her art workshops with Domestic Violence victims. In January 2016, she launched the Survivor Art Project, a series of events in which survivors and supporters were invited to create art to beautify Wings Metro, Chicago’s newest DV shelter in over a decade. In February 2016, she was honored at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel for her commissioned paintings that adorn the new shelter, her devotion to survivors, and her continued heart to provide art to help communities thrive. 

Ribbon Cutting for Wings Metro, Chicago's first Domestic Violence shelter in a decade featuring "Bloom Revival", (pictured in background) A 48x60' acrylic on canvas triptych commissioned and painted by VersAnnette.

Ribbon Cutting for Wings Metro, Chicago's first Domestic Violence shelter in a decade featuring "Bloom Revival", (pictured in background) A 48x60' acrylic on canvas triptych commissioned and painted by VersAnnette.

 

Artist Statement 

My paintings emerge from a deeply held and regarded intuitive head space. To create out of nothing, no plans, scheme, or intent I step up to the canvas ready to unleash whatever lies inside me waiting to be expressed. I move while I work, I sing, I stretch, I cry, I dance, I do whatever I feel.

All in all, my work is meant to communicate what words cannot. I strive to make it less about what the eye sees and more about what the soul feels. My curious soul is what guides me to not try and hide behind a perfectly polished picture. The energy that translates from my work is the raw emotion that cannot be denied or even fully explained. My intent is to create art from a process that is transparent; meaning I cannot take full credit for what the experience. I’m aware that I am a Co-creator with Source. Often the painting reveals to me as much about myself as it does to the consumer about his or herself. We are both bearing witness.

I work primarily with Golden Acrylic paints and gel mediums, markers and various tools for mark making, foam brushes and fingers. I love to work on big huge stretched canvases for full freedom. The bigger the canvas, the more I can stretch and challenge myself; this is a metaphor for my life. I tend to lean towards bright vibrant hues, but I have a deep love for mixing color and experimenting with new hues. Another metaphor for the way I prefer to live.

 I make art because I have to. It is a sacred spiritual practice. A safe space where I can breathe because I know I belong in it. It is a form of worship, one of the primary ways I communicate with my God. It is one of the only places I feel embraced, free, alive and completely accepted. It is a healing, a bearing witness to all that I’ve overcome and all that I have yet to experience. My painting process resembles what I want most for my life: To be seen, to be healed and heard, to be raw and unapologetic, to be bold, soulful, energetic, and take risks. 

 
Embracing Rahm Emmanuel after giving a speech, sharing my story at the Wings Metro Event, February 2016

Embracing Rahm Emmanuel after giving a speech, sharing my story at the Wings Metro Event, February 2016

Photo shoot w/laura friedlander, Summer 2015. Art is my life. Laughter is Medicine.

Photo shoot w/laura friedlander, Summer 2015. Art is my life. Laughter is Medicine.

 

All photos on this site were taken by photographer Laura Friedlander.

VersAnnette Blackman LMT, is an artist, writer, advocate and healing arts practitioner. She has 10+ years experience as a trauma informed facilitator in various settings: including domestic violence shelters and Chicago high schools. She is the founder of (H.E.M) an acronym for Heal, Empower, Motivate, a non-profit whose mission is to use art and creative writing to help survivors heal and find their voices. In 2015 she was awarded the Peggy A. Montes "Unsung Heroine Award" by the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues. She is the author of Butterfly Spirit: Poems of Transparency, Transformation & Truth. Currently, she devotes most of her time to building Soul Revival Healing Arts, whose mission is to inspire and awaken the creativity and holistic healing inside each of us. VersAnnette believes laughter is medicine, and that a broken wing doesn't mean you can't fly.