Briah Luckey was featured in the 2001 issue of Connecticut Magazine as one of 30 influential people under 40 because of her vision to use art to create community connection. She has exhibited her own art locally in Connecticut, in New York City, and in Washington, DC, with a feature in the Connecticut section of The New York Times.
Through art making, I experience the direct benefit of communing with nature, of the biophilic relationship. It is a healing practice through which I connect with myself and the natural world. As an art therapist, I blend my visual artist skills with my art therapy training to facilitate creative self-expression for women to help them thrive.
Mama Now Conversations: Episode 28 - Layers of Identity and Community with Briah Luckey
Briah Luckey, art teacher, and art therapist joins us for this episode where we talk about the layers of identity that build (and that we sometimes discard) as we move through our lives. We talk about the power of bringing women together, some of the strange ironies of motherhood, and the power of art.
Mother’s Let Their Guard Down at M.O.S.S.
by Cara McDonough
The mothers around the table at Briah Luckey’s art studio on East Street weren’t wasting any time. There were greetings and updates before they quickly got to the task at hand, grabbing large rectangles of paper and paintbrushes for that morning’s project: “mark making” with black ink, accented by brightly colored, water-soluble crayons. There was a palpable enthusiasm in the room, perhaps born of the knowledge that this time was their own.
Soon, they would return to their families, work and whatever other commitments were on the agenda — school pick-ups, client appointments, what to have for dinner and more. They would be engulfed, once again, in often-overwhelming world of parental logistics.
That’s not to say that the mothers stopped thinking about those duties during their time in Luckey’s workshop, which is called M.O.S.S. (Mom’s Open Studio Series) and designed specifically for mothers to make art as a form of wellness and self-care. In fact, they talked about the struggles moms face with candor as their brushes flew across the paper, each woman’s creation growing into something quite unique. Large polka dots featured prominently in one piece. A flower took shape on another. The room seemed multi-use: part art-studio, part friendly therapist’s office.