The Village – Makers
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Kansas City Art Institute. From early childhood she has enjoyed working with her hands, creating in a wide variety
Heather Inez Benoit
Heather Inez Benoit began her journey of artistic expression as a child. She danced ballet with the Kansas City Ballet and through this, found tremendous joy in movement. That movement of joy and happiness is now expressed in her artwork in many diverse medium such as photography, metal crafting, painting and jewelry design and even as a licensed massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and most recently as a mindfulness coach.
As a jewelry designer, she draws from the healing energy of natural gemstones and earthly elements. Each piece is mindfully crafted as her own personal meditation practice. Following the birth of her third daughter and sudden death of her younger brother in the summer of 2007, she discovered the hand knotting of gemstone beads to be her "pull" back to center and spent many hours in this practice as a means to ground herself.
As a photographer, she captures unusual perspectives on sacred spaces inspired by her profound love of music.
Her newest collection of acrylics on canvas include a vibrant palette inspired by healing gemstones, 432 Hz frequency meditation and sensory stimulation, combined with a relentless push through intense social anxiety and an ongoing struggle with chronic physical pain.