Meet Matchbox Artist Mimi Farelly-Hensen

Mimi Farrelly-Hansen, LPC, A.T.R.-BC, is an art therapist, artist, educator and author. For 25 years she has brought creative services to a wide variety of children, youth and adults ranging from persons with trauma histories or severe and persistent brain disorders to those seeking inner guidance and renewed vitality in times of stress, spiritual crisis or mid-life transition. A registered art therapist (A.T.R.) and licensed professional counselor (LPC), Mimi’s familiarity with inpatient and outpatient settings make her a skillful consultant and clinical supervisor.Mimi pioneered art therapy’s introduction into the state of Colorado. In 1978 she helped organize the Art Therapy Association of Colorado; in the late 80’s and early 90’s she taught undergraduate art therapy classes at the University of Colorado in Denver and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Boulder; in 1992 she founded Colorado’s first graduate art therapy program at Naropa University, a program which she initially directed, then taught in part-time until 2004. Currently she focuses on providing workshops on creativity and self care to mental health service providers, on monthly women’s art retreats, and on teaching week-end workshops/classes based on her book, Spirituality and Art Therapy: Living the Connection (2001).

Mimi’s deep connection to the natural world is reflected in her personal art making and in the workshops/retreats she leads. Her paintings and monoprints often feature specific plants and animals in highly textured, abstract color fields. Other large acrylic paintings use recognizable natural forms to explore mythical themes. Mimi exhibits regularly with Longmont’s annual Studio Tour. (from

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