The Art in Wellness Collaborative Announces International Contest Winners

The organization recently called on artists to submit pieces of artwork that reflect the importance of touch. Photo credit: Sisoje/Royalty-free/Getty Images

The Art in Wellness Collaborative was founded with the goal of bringing together the spa, salon, and wellness industry through art. The collaborative called on artists from around the world to create artworks that communicate the benefits of touch to the general public. The judging panel, which included the collaborative’s founders—Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer, Sallie Fraenkel, founder and president of Mind Body Spirit Network, and Michael G. Tompkins, a partner with Hutchinson Consulting—as well as Mary Bemis, founder of Insider’s Guide to Spas, and Cord Coen, founder of Zents, recently selected four winners. The winning artists—Pacia Elaine Anderson, Mizuho Call​, Tia Crystal, and Vasileia Dereli—each received $1,000 sponsored by the owner of Bellus Academy and the founding President of Beauty Changes Lives.​ Says Bach, “I came up with the collaborative to unite the global industry during COVID-19 around a succinct and powerful message, which artfully reinforces and strengthens a positive message around the healing power of touch—that we are here to help with stress and to reinforce wellbeing.”

To view and download high-resolution versions of the winning pieces, visit ​www.artinwellness.com.

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