Today we’d like to introduce you to Lu Monteleone-Grinnell.

After the passing of her first husband, Lu started to paint just for the love of it; places she had been, people she admired, and even things that hurt. Soon she realized painting helped her cope with her loss. She felt good and discovered she could release her pain through painting.

Shortly after his death, she found herself in an abusive relationship and slowly drifted away from painting. However, in an effort to escape from the environment of the toxic relationship, she quickly returned to painting once again. It was in this place she found the peace and solace she needed, releasing her pain, frustration, anger, and hurt (in a positive way). Painting was something she could focus on, something she could accomplish and feel good about.

There was a moment, deeply focused on her painting, when something big happened. Lu came to the realization this healing experience was something she had to share with others; and, it was in this moment when Art Healing Hearts was born.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about your business – what should we know?
Lu Monteleone/Art Healing Hearts helps others release their negativity, sadness, pain, and confusion through painting. I work with adults as well as high school and middle school youths. Participants in the program often have traumatic brain injuries, severe mental illness, cancer survivors or other special needs. I have found that troubled youth, the elderly and victims of abuse have also benefited greatly from this program.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Art is a universal language and my program doesn’t look at what nationality, religion or sexuality you are or where you come from or what you’ve done, it’s really only about putting the negativity that may be inside or around and putting into a positive place and creating something beautiful. People don’t realize the power they have of turning a negative into a positive and what it can become.

It is my mission, through Art Healing Hearts, to help others learn to release the negativity, the sadness, the pain and confusion through artistic expression. My goal is to go into some places where some would rather not go and help people use art as an expression of their feelings and begin the process of recovery and healing, freeing the artist from their hurt, pain, confusion, and addictions.

WESA.FM NPR RADIO How Tragedy Turned A Passion For Painting Into Art That Heals

June 17, 2016

Luann Monteleone focused more seriously on painting after her husband died. She said she found it helped her deal with the pain. Then one sleepless night, she asked herself what she was going to do with her life to make sure her husband’s death was “not a waste.”

“I prayed and I just got the idea … and the name in one night,” Monteleone said. That was the birth of Art. Healing. Hearts.

At the time she was living in California. She raised a few dollars from her family and friends and convinced a convalescents  home to let her try out her idea. It slowly began to grow, -READ MORE

WOMENS CENTER AND SHELTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH Using art to heal hearts...

April 01, 2017

In 2014, Lu Monteleone established Art Healing Hearts in Marin County, California. The program is aimed at motivating individuals, especially those who su er from brain injuries, mental illness, addiction and trauma, as well as the elderly and those with special needs, to express themselves through painting. When Lu moved to Pittsburgh, she brought this amazing program with her, sharing the gift of healing through art with Women’s Center & Shelter residents. -READ MORE

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