Katelyn Mariah BFA, MA, LICSW Katelyn is not your ordinary artist. She is a shamanic artist who paints images that transform the viewer.
She is a visionary artist as well as a trained expressive arts therapist with training in art therapy, sandplay therapy and play therapy. She has been an artist since she was a young girl. Katelyn studied fine arts at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She received her Masters Degree in Human Development from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, with an emphasis in Art, Art Therapy, and Child Abuse.
For 26 years Katelyn has pursued both a career in Art and has worked as a psychotherapist. She has been able to use the combined gifts of art and psychotherapy to work with children at risk of abuse and neglect and their families in numerous settings including: emergency shelter, residential treatment programs, a community center in a challenged neighborhood, in schools, as the director of a Therapeutic Preschool, in in-home family therapy and private practice. Katelyn served as the president of The Minnesota Art therapy Association for a two year term and on the Board of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group for a three year term.
As an outgrowth of her work with children, Katelyn designed and developed a self published therapeutic game for children that helps them explore and express healthy anger. The game, "Angry Animals" is now published and sold internationally by Kidsrights, a company that specializes in therapy tools for children. It has been one of their best selling games for a number of years. See link for further information about Kidsrights. Katelyn started her own publishing company and has published 3 books. Her award winning books are intended to empower adults and children to live better lives. See her books at Mystick Creek Publishing
Katelyn has had a graphic arts studio for 30 years where she was able to utilize her skills in numerous ways. She developed a mail order business selling original stationary to people around the world. This business included a line of custom designed stationary for people who were adopting children and also a line of wedding invitations.
After working as a graphic artist for a number of years a near-death experience in 1985 changed her life and the way she created art. This experience brought her in touch with deeper dimensions in life and on higher planes. It also brought her into a deeper relationship with The Creator, through the aspect of the Divine Feminine. Visionary art is a shamanic process where the artist goes to higher realms, comes back with new information and brings it to life through an image on the blank canvas.
Katelyn has been a student of metaphysics for many years. She is an ordained Priestess of the Goddess. She has explored shamanic traditions throughout the world including Native American and Australian Aboriginal. she has studied with a shaman from Peru, a Cherokee lineage holder a Chilean Medicine woman and a teacher in Hawaii. Incorporated into that is a study of the writings of Rudolf Steiner, Tibetan teachings, mythology, numerology and other metaphysical subjects. Katelyn has traveled extensively in Mexico studying sacred sites.
Katelyn uses a shamanic/intuitive means of creating art that gives form to the sacred. The artwork is intended to reach inner levels so an energetic dialog can begin between the art and the viewer. Katelyn's original watercolor paintings are fresh, playful, whimsical and yet deep and powerful. For more information about her creative process see articles included in Creative Expression section.
In 2012 Katelyn began studying the Mischetechnik with Philip Rubinov-Jacobson who study for years with Ernst Fuchs, Austrian leading in this painting movement. She has studied at month long seminars around the world. Learn about the Mishetechnik
GALLERIES Roasting Stones, University and Raymond, St. Paul, MN The Underground Gallery, Hastings, MN
SOLO SHOWS Whispers from the Mystery, Lynnhurst Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN, Jan 2004 Life Light Love, Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota MN, May 2003 It¹s a Beautiful Mystery, Phipps Center in Hudson, WI, Feb 2003 (juried) Various works by Katelyn Mariah, Cahoots Coffee Bar, St Paul, MN Jan 2003 Whispers From The Mystery, Cahoots Coffee Bar, St. Paul, MN Aug 2000 Journey To Wholeness, Sweatshop Fitness Center, St. Paul, MN July/Oct 1998 Transformation of The Goddess, Cahoots Coffee Bar, St. Paul, MN Sept 1998 Awaken The Goddess, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN 1996 Prayers to the Goddess, Sunburst Studio, St. Paul, MN 1995 In To The Forest, Sunburst Studio, St. Paul, MN 1994
GROUP SHOWS Healing Power of Art- Carlson Gallery, University of MN Sept 2003 (Juried) Sacred Feminine-Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, MN June 2003 ( Juried) Art of Art Therapist, St. Catherine¹s College, St. Paul, MN Mar 2003 (Juried) Celebrating the Goddess, Lake Harriet Church, Minneapolis, MN 1999 A Gift of the Hand, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, Dec 20 2003 Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, Feb-March 2003 St. Catherine's College, Art Therapy Show, St. Paul, MN, March 2003
COLLABORATIONS INfusion of Angelic Light- with Musician Aryk Allyn Nov 2002-Feb 2003
PUBLICATIONS The Edge Newspaper Regularly featured writer for (13 articles) Artwork: Sage Woman Magazine Beltane Papers Magazine We'Moon Calendar 2000 (Juried) Parenting with Spirit magazine
PUBLISHED WORKS Angry Animals, Therapeutic game for children, published 1989, sold nationally through Kidsrights publishing Company. Awaken The Goddess Meditation Deck, 44 meditation cards, published 1996.
ARTICLES ABOUT KATELYN¹S WORK "Awaken The Goddess: An Initiates Journey into her True Identity" Linda Crouch, The Edge Magazine 1996 "For The Emerging Feminine" Rev. Rich Grams "Wholeness Paper" 1997 "Toward the Embodiment of The Goddess: A study of Six Women Artists" Dr. Jeanne Creekmore 1998 INfusion of Angelic Light-Article in The Edge magazine about Katelyn¹s work July 2003
BROADCASTS Guest on "Spirit of the People", KDWA radio, Hastings, MN Sept 2000. Spirit of the People KDWA Radio, Hastings, MN, Sept 2001
FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS Sumasil Foundation Grant, Sept 2000, Career Development for Women. Great River Arts Institute, Six week Artist Fellow in Patzcuaro, Mexico, Dec 2000. Vermont Studio Center, Artist Fellowship, Johnson, Vermont, Mar 2002
LYNN K. THOMPSON DESIGN Graphic Arts Studio 1978-1980 Studio specializing in graphic arts and calligraphy, St. Paul, MN.
Graphic Design 1976-1992 Mail order business creating original stationary for weddings and adoptions at the national level, St. Paul MN.
Sunburst Studio 1993-1996 Private art studio and graphic design business, St. Paul, MN.
PSYCHOTHERAPY RESUME Inner Light Healing Center, Apple Valley, MN 2009-2011 Family Networks Open Program, Crystal, MN Aug 2001 -2009. Private Therapy Practice, St. Paul, MN 1998 - 2009 Families Together Preschool, Director of Therapeutic Personnel, St. Paul, MN July 98 - October 2000. Bush Children's Center, Expressive Arts Therapist, St. Paul, MN, Sept 1992 - Jan 1998. Joseph's Home for Children, Expressive Arts Therapist, Mpls, MN, May 1989 - August 1992. Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Art Therapist, Mpls, MN April 1987 - May 1989. Children Are People, Group Facilitator, St. Paul MN, Jan 1986 - Jan 1992
EDUCATION Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1969-1970, 1973 University of Minnesota, BFA, 1974 Thomas Merton Institute (Post Baccalaureate Certificate Art Therapy), 1987 St. Mary's College, MA, 1989
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Minnesota Art Therapy Association, Past President, 1989 Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group, Board Member, 1989-1992 American Play Therapy Association American Art Therapy Association American Creativity Association
WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED Creative therapy Techniques with Children in Crisis, St. Mary's College Introduction to Art Therapy, Metro State University, Macalaster College, St. Mary's College Spirit of Creativity, Mankato State University Art Therapy Techniques with Children who have Experienced Violence, Catholic Charities National Convention in Los Angeles, CA Consultation on Free Arts for Abused Children Program, Minneapolis Junior League Spiral Passages, Rites of Passage Groups for Adolescent Girls Return to the Womb, Women and Spirituality Conference, Mankato, MN
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES Minnesota Raptor Center, University of Minnesota, 1996 - 2003
INTENSIVE STUDY IN MISCHTEKNIQUE: Philip Rubinov-Jacobson
Month Long Mischteknique Seminar Austria 2012 Month Long Mischteknique Seminar Bali 2014 Month Long Mischteknique Seminar Ibiza Spain 2015 Month Long Mischteknique Seminar Austria 2016