HOPKINS, Minn., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --
With her book Bridges in the Mind, Marianne Roccaforte has managed to deconstruct the How-To/Self-Help approach and offers us instead an artfully pragmatic, intelligent, and soulful guide for artists and artistic types. From her opening story of Angelina, who imagines that a book entitled "How to Act" will finally help her find her way in the world, to her 7 Strategies, Marianne weaves a narrative that is both straightforward and deeply empathic. She clearly understands the struggle that many of us face in balancing our imaginative sensitivities and gifts with the demands of our daily lives, work, and relationships. She offers us hope and good counsel as artists and as creative people who wish to remain true to our selves, true to our art, while feeling at home and making valuable contributions in the world.
-- Daria Halprin, dancer, poet, author, therapist, teacher, and Founding Director of Tamalpa Institute, a training center for movement-based expressive arts therapy and education
Bridges in the Mind is a systematic approach to the fascinating and complex topic of the artist's imagination as revealed in ordinary situations. Drawing on well-grounded psychological research and theory -- and informed by years of direct experience counseling and teaching college-student artists -- Dr. Roccaforte examines the realities, delights, and challenges of having a strong sense of wonder and an imagination that's constantly "on."
In a tone that both honors and guides the reader, the author weaves in voices of successful writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, and dancers, and offers easy-to-practice techniques for such situations as transitioning from an absorbing session of art-making, communicating effectively in social and business settings, managing intense sensory and emotional experience, and sustaining a healthy and active creative life.
Insightful and applicable for any person possessing an artistic sensibility -- as well as for parents and teachers of young artists -- this book enlightens, validates, and empowers, ultimately helping to build new bridges of understanding.
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iBookstore: ISBN: 978-0-9844629-3-3 - $9.00
Paperback [Distributed by Small Press Distribution (SPD) & Amazon]: ISBN 13: 978-0-9815163-5-6 - $16.95
SOURCE Benu Press