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General Information

Name:  Pat B. Allen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Allen lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pat Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R., is an author, artist, art therapist, and teacher who connects to the Creative Source through art and writing. Author of numerous professional articles, Dr. Allen lectures and delivers workshops throughout the country using the Open Studio Process which she has developed. Her artwork has been exhibited in a wide variety of juried and invited exhibits.Dr. Allen has been a Registered Art Therapist (A.T.R.) since 1977. She earned a Ph.D. in Art Therapy from Union University in 1986. Dr. Allen served on the faculty of the Art Therapy Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1988-2011. Dr. Allen was a co-founder of the Open Studio Project in Chicago and founder of Studio Pardes in Oak Park, IL, where she provided a community art space for herself and others to explore the creative process, and from where she directed the Facing Homelessness Mask Project.

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Titles At Your Library

Art Is a Way of Knowing: A Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment through Creativity
ISBN: 1570620784

Shambhala. 1995

Making art—giving form to the images that arise in our mind's eye, our dreams, and our everyday lives—is a form of spiritual practice through which knowledge of ourselves can ripen into wisdom. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to:

• Discover a personal myth or story
• Recognize patterns and themes in one's life
• Identify and release painful memories
• Combine journaling and image making
• Practice the ancient skill of active imagination
• Connect with others through sharing one's art works

Interwoven with this guidance is the intimate story of the author's own journey as a student, art therapist, teacher, wife, mother, and artist—and, most of all, as a woman who discovered a profound and healing connection with her soul through making art.

Art Is a Spiritual Path: Engaging the Sacred through the Practice of Art and Writing
ISBN: 1590302109

Shambhala. 2005

Art is a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to:

• awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity
• access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns
• find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks
• explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship
• join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art
• discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world

Detailed examples from the author's own practice of art, plus the stories and images of several other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritual path in action. At the author's virtual studio,, readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.

ISBN: 0997125713

Blue Jay Ink. 2016

What if a band of women tired of violence as a means of change went underground to dream, vision, paint and recreate the world as every mother and grandmother wishes it to be? A celebration of imagination and creativity, Cronation is a send up of humans, both men and women, trying to do the right thing in what feels like the terminal swoon of civilization. When Eve, a mid-level corporate executive, is swept out of her business life by Cronation operatives, the shift of eras throttles into high gear. Clad in bunny slippers and a crocheted blanket, Eve plays a key role in ushering out the patriarchal era. Meanwhile Yang, the mangy coyote-esque embodiment of all things male, is helped off stage by Harvey, the only regular guy in the underground Cronation movement. Working as agents of the Central Intelligence, Aurelia Astarte Marx and her band of loving but firm Crones know that everyone and every thing contains a spark of the Divine Source. Their mission is to support the birth pangs as expanded consciousness dawns on the planet, while the Crones envision how everything from guns to government can be reimagined for the new era of sacred partnership and creative community. Will the Crones succeed in stabilizing this seminal clash of cultures? Can they neutralize a renegade from within their own ranks who wants to fight violence with violence? Read Cronation and find out! Pat B. Allen is a writer, artist, wife, mother, grandmother and citizen dedicated to learning what it means to be a Crone in the world today. She has authored two previous books, Art is a way of knowing (1995) and Art is a spiritual path (2005), both published by Shambhala Publications. Cronation is a fictional reimagining of how Pat's work to bring the Open Studio Process into being came into the world. Much of Pat's previous work that has led her to this moment is housed at



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