One of my favorite people on the planet is my friend, Julie Liddle. She is a registered art therapist and founder and director of the ART IN HAND® program in Northern Virginia where she has been facilitating parent-child art groups with toddlers and preschoolers for over a decade.
We became good friends 20+ years ago when we met at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Truth be told, we were standing next to one another in a very cramped area drinking vodka tonics. Her beautiful thick curly hair kept sweeping over my face. Julie apologized profusely to me over and over again claiming she had little control over her dark locks. Little did she know I had the same issue with the man standing next to me, but he wasn’t as gracious about my blonde Aqua Net filled hair poking his glasses. Oh, to have the big 80s hair again. What a sight for sore eyes! Hair problems aside, meeting Julie was a major Silver Lining in my life!
She is not only incredibly talented, but also hysterically funny, charming, smart, capable, and impeccable with her word. Yes, impeccable. She does EXACTLY what she says she’s going to do when she says she’s going to do it. Oh, and she has the cutest kids you’ve ever seen.
I was so thrilled when she found her program ART IN HAND® because it is a wonderful opportunity to share her talents with the world.
Previously, Julie practiced art therapy for nearly a decade in a school setting, with children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and learning disabilities. Her creativity is fueled by the spontaneity and unselfconsciousness of her young students, who open her eyes every day to the wonders of the world that are right at our fingertips. She does not consider herself an art “teacher” but rather a facilitator who provides the materials, space, and opportunity for little ones to do what comes naturally. Raising two spirited boys with wildly divergent interests and abilities, ages 9 and 12, keeps her busy, challenged, and inspired to keep learning, day after day! Like her grandmother, she swears by the healing power of fresh air, and she finds rejuvenation in long walks, and occasional jogs with her only girl, a 3 year old beagle-mix named Chessie.
For more information, please go to her website at www.artinhand.org