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Individual Author Record

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.

Published Works

  • Art is a Way of Knowing, Shambhala, 1995
  • Art is a Spiritual Path, Shambhala , 2005
  • Cronation, Blue Jay Ink, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Art is a way of knowing /
ISBN: 1570620784. OCLC Number:

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Encourages everyone to explore art making in a spirit of self-discovery.

Art is a spiritual path /
ISBN: 1590302109. OCLC Number:

Shambhala,. Boston :. 2005.

Cronation :
ISBN: 0997125713. OCLC Number:

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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!



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