The Only Way Out is Through 

At Neptune Chowder, we celebrate and explore the unique healing power of artistic process.  Well before the expansion of the “wellness-industrial complex,” we as humans have long had many tried and true methods for coping with trauma, including making art!  When inner life feels the most confusing, messy, and turbulent, the experience of creating art provides us with solace, catharsis, renewed sense of purpose, and just sometimes … transformation.

History is rife with examples of artists who intimately understood that confronting obstacles head-on is the key to growth and healing.  Van Gogh told it to us like this: "The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous, and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." 


The Dream (The Bed), 1940 - by Frida Kahlo

We also cherish and adore this classic quote from Charles Bukowski: “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”  Try to remember that when you’re feeling stuck … you may just be on the edge of a breakthrough.

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