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Mason Gehring is an actual Florida native born into a family of artists in Dunedin, Florida. She has an extensive background in visual arts and graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2006. In 2016, an experience teaching painting ignited her desire to not only share her love of art but to show that everyone can be creative. This recent teaching experience was also a spring board into her own quest of using art-making processes as a routine self-care ritual to create sustaining long-term wellness. Mason is currently enrolled in the University of Florida’s Master’s degree program of Art in Medicine. Here she will learn how to work as an artist in the healthcare field to facilitate art projects or programs that promote healing and wellness. She is interning this summer in Dunedin with the Voices of Hope for Aphasia group, which works with people living with aphasia. 

Art is a part of what makes us human and is essential to living a whole life. Specifically, making things with our hands is intuitive and connects us with generations all the way back to the cave. Creating was our first language. It is a primitive ritual that helps keep us connected to humanity and ourselves. In Rising Strong, Brené Brown writes that creativity “embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers…” 

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