In the center of Branford, CT, just a stone’s throw from the town green, sits the Branford Art Center, a wonderful gallery and studio space that houses artists’ works from across the state. The founder of Branford Art Center, Yvonne Gordon-Moser has created a community of artists, students, and educators with the hopes of cultivating, promoting, and sustaining an artistic community right in the heart of Branford.
“The Branford Art Center is an estuary for creativity…a birth place for self-discovery, for art, and so much more,” Yvonne said, “The gallery space is welcoming, unpretentious and filled with great, affordable, meaningful art and its selling. We have about 15-20 local artists showing their work during any given month”
Branford Art Center is so much more than an art gallery, it is a place where artists and people from all walks of life can take classes, attend workshops, and even attend individual and group therapeutic art sessions.
Yvonne Gordon-Moser, the pioneer of this facility, is an aspiring Art Therapist. She graduated in 2015 with a Master’s in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. Her personal goal is to help others find healing and comfort through the arts.
“I needed help too and no one needs to feel alone. Through the process of using art and counselling in varied forms, I have healed many hurts with the help of caring guides… Art has been one of my constant companions, always.”
You can tell from talking to Yvonne that her heart is set on helping others, a selfless life goal
that was founded in her love for art and healing.
When asked what she appreciates the most about healing arts, Yvonne said, “I appreciate offering a place for people of all ages and abilities to share their truth in confidence, through the safety of a creative outlet. It feels like I am sharing healing energy, in the most natural way I know how. It’s unbelievably rewarding to witness another person embrace the process of growth, while finding hope, self-love and acceptance.”
Through the use of healing art and art therapies Yvonne has also found growth and acceptance. She uses the arts to help her family through a dark time.
In 2017 Yvonne’s husband Kelley Moser was diagnosed with Cancer, it began a long fight that is going on to this day, but through the help of the arts Yvonne was able to find some comfort. Recently, Yvonne had an exhibition at Yale titled “Liberation.” The show, a series of abstract monotypes, conveyed the feeling of liberation after the removal of tubing from Kelley’s chest.
“…My Husband said ‘I feel Liberated!’ Almost feeling guilty and ashamed to admit it, I too felt liberated, from the daily everything. Why should I feel liberated? After all I’m not the one with cancer. July 26, I went into the studio (it had been a year) and many of these prints are the results of that work,” Yvonne wrote on her exhibition flier.
The show conveyed the importance of art, acceptance, and coping through hard and turbulent times in our lives. Yvonne reminds us why the arts are such an important part of healing.
“Please don’t be afraid, check [healing arts] out. They saved my life.”
To learn more about Yvonne and all of her amazing work you can check out the Branford Art Center website or just stop in! Guests are always welcome and Yvonne says, “The coffee or tea pot is usually always on.”