Tonya Lemos

A life long environmentalist and plant person, Tony(a)’s creative work is a work in process. A Community Herbalist, an Artist, and a Creative entrepreneur Tony(a) is inspired by all aspects of the natural world (plants, lichen, moss and fungi) and the alchemical/elemental processes at work though sometimes unseen.  Her work centers around health and connection and co-existence. She believes there to be such healing when we connect (art+health) materials to place, and has found by using materials from a particular place to help establish a relationship with it. She believes art and creativity to be an integral part of the healing process. Presently her work includes eco-printing, relief printing and alternative photography methods, often combining mixed media and found objects. She also explores symbolism from her ancestry (Greek/Middle East) and her deep connection to her present sense of place on Pocumtuc/Nipmuc territory, also known as Western Massachusetts specifically in Ashfield/Conway MA. She honors and give gratitude for the people who came before. She has worked as a community herbalist/educator for over 25 years helping people connect with plants as allies for healing (physical / mental and spiritual). She presently teaches a Botanical Art studio program at Blazing Star Herbal School as well as a year long herbal apprenticeship which is now in its annual 22nd year.

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