Visual Arts as Healing

Gloucester MA, “a Great Resort for Artists” — Karl Baedeker. The natural light, sea, rocky granite shores and scenic beauty of Cape Ann has drawn artists, writers and poets for centuries.

‘Annisquam Delight.’ Gloucester MA. ©2015 Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

I am Inspired by the natural beauty of Cape Ann and grateful for scenes such as this sunset on the Annisquam River. Seeing a standing heron at low tide and this sky filled with angelic clouds reflected in the water, it felt as though ‘Gifted by Grace.’

‘Annisquam Delight,’ SOLD at my very first show, entered in 2017 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm,’ chosen for the ‘Opposites Attract’ open juried show at Cape Cod Arts Center represents finding peace in the midst of any storm we might face in life. Along the Annisquam River there are many beautiful spots to enjoy meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques, promoting inner peace and wellbeing for mind, body and spirit. I feel grateful and blessed to call Cape Ann, home.

“Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” ~ Florence Nightingale”

According to the Cleveland ClinicArts and Medicine Institute, artwork in hospitals, especially specific artwork, “comforts, elevates the spirit and affirms life and hope, and encourages healing.”

Artwork Promotes a Healing Environment in Hospitals.

Dreamtime Wellness LLC, has been offering education, services, and self-care tools for  ‘peace and healing’ since 2000. In 2017, after receiving positive feedback from posting photos on Facebook, we added visual arts to our practice. Our photography has shown in art shows at the Newburyport Art Association, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cape Cod Arts Center, Mass General Hospital (MGH)/Cancer Center’s Illuminations, and local shops on Cape Ann. Photos are available for sale ‘Print on Demand,’ in various sizes, framed, unframed, on canvas, acrylic or metal. All materials are high quality, archival for longer lasting beauty.

‘Red Sky at Night.’ Rockport MA. © 2018 Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

This sunset, ‘Red Sky at Night’ (‘as seen,’ unfiltered) is currently showing at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, through March 24th. It was photographed from Halibut State Park, Rockport MA while on a walk in memory of Tina Ketchopulos, a resident of Rockport and beloved member of the Cape Ann Community, who spent her life working in healthcare, helping other

Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.  — Anonymous

A study published in 2015 in the journal Emotion reported that  –

“Activities that inspire awe may actually boost the immune system.”

PhotoArt Cards for ‘inspiration and meditation’ are available as ‘Print on Demand’ and at the Bookstore, 61 Main Street Gloucester MA.



‘Meditation Rock in a Storm.’ Gloucester MA. ©2014. Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

Current Art Shows showing our photographs -Cape Cod Arts Center’s Open Juried Show ‘Opposites Attract,’ February 14 – March 16 at 3480 Main Street, Barnstable MA and at Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Spring Members Show, ‘Rocky Neck Now 2019; Looking All Around.’ February 12 – March 24. At 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA, featuring scenes from around Cape An

Opening Reception TODAY February 16 at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 2 – 4 pm. 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA.

Stop by today, meet the contributing artists and enjoy the beauty of Cape Ann.  ~ Karen Pischke


Sources and More Information:


  • Travel Guide; United States 1909 with excursions to Mexico Cuba Puerto Rico Alaska. Karl Baedeker.

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

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