Let the Beauty of What you Love Be What you do. -RUMI
Artistic Incidents Art Therapy Studio
Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
In the heart of the Boreal forest in Saskatchewan's North, Jinny Nieviadomy has found sanctuary and peace doing what she loves. Rooted in the idea that we must all step up to be the change we want to see in the world, Jinny offers a variety of classes and workshops to promote healing and inspiration through Art.
VG: So tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a born and raised south Saskatchewan girl. I made the long trek to Meadow Lake in 2003 to interview for a junior high art position. I expected to be there for 1 year. Now 15 years, a husband, 2 kids, a dog and a business owner, here I am! I still love the southern prairie landscapes but the trees and water in this part of the province immediately captured my heart.
VG: Artistic Incidents Art studio in Meadow Lake? Where did the idea come from? And how did you make it happen? What was your vision?
After teaching junior high art for a few years, I spontaneously applied to do my Master’s in Education. The focus of the program was community based. Throughout the program my desire to include and be involved in the community grew. I developed a vision to broaden my philosophy of art education to be beyond classroom walls. I made a
business plan to open a community studio gallery space and applied for a grant through My Future is Here and won! That got me off the ground to open up a community based studio to showcase and support learning and growing art in the community for individuals of all ages at various stages of art.
VG: Tell us about the current programs and events being offered (what offerings would you like to see happen).
I currently offer a variety of art classes, events, workshops and experiences that include special event and group bookings, skill and technique based classes in painting, drawing and mixed media, birthday bookings, kids after school classes and paint nights.
I am constantly drawn to the idea of sharing my creative gifts to DO more, BE more and HELP more. I looked into a degree in Art Therapy eight years ago. I had recently completed my Master’s and had a new baby. The timing wasn’t ideal then. I pursued studies in reiki and colour therapy. Looking back I can see how all the stepping stones were lining up. Fast forward 8 years and was very pulled to review the idea of Art Therapy again. The largest motivation to revisit Art Therapy was my oldest son. After a few challenging years, he was diagnosed with severe separation, social anxiety and hypersensitivity. I saw how the creative process brought him peace, calm and a sense of release from his anxieties.
Divine timing intervened and the Prairie Institute of Expressive Art Therapy found me. I was amazed at how perfectly it seemed to align with my own art practice and what I believed about the creative process. I am on the path to complete my training in Expressive Arts Therapy. It is the culmination of all that I am meant to do and be!
VG: What inspires you to keep moving forward?
Love. Pure and simple. A love for my family and myself. It is possible to follow your dreams and be successful at something you love to do. Love for humankind. I want to infect everyone I meet with inspiration and motivation to be the change they want to see in the world and it all begins with us. I believe in continuing to evolve and redefine my idea of happiness. Everyone deserves happiness.
VG: What is it you love most about what you do?
Everything really. I help people find something amazing within themselves they may have never known existed. I love that I am me in all that I do. I get to live my truth and make messes, be colourful and have fun.
VG: What is your favorite place on earth? The place that makes your heart sing?
Where you feel at Peace. Two years and a little bit ago, we purchased property near Makwa, Saskatchewan. It was one of those situations where I think the land was waiting for us. It was in need of a lot of TLC. It is a slice of heaven complete with wildlife, a creek, saskatoons, raspberries, strawberries and trails. It soothes the soul to just be out there.
VG: What does a typical day look like for you? Do you have rituals or things you do every day to keep you positive and moving forward? Haha, no day is ever typical. The highlights include morning meditation, exercise and a healthy breakfast. I feel very out of sorts if this doesn’t start my day. Teaching some homeschool activities, followed by a few errands, studio time, art class facilitation, mom chauffer and cheering my kids on through hockey, swimming or gymnastics, evening snuggles, bedtime and some good ol me time round off the usual day!
VG: If you could share some words of advice/wisdom to other women thinking about chasing a passion, what you tell them?
If it is your passion, it is what you are meant to be doing! Trust and listen to intuition. That little voice suggesting you take action and do something that you fear probably is on to something! Everything you need. Everything you desire already exists within you.