Grace Zambelli is a NJ Licensed Psychologist and an Art Therapist who has a keen interest in art, psychology and helping others. She has melded a professional career and a personal life that have combined these passions.
Over the past thirty years, Grace has used art to develop therapy programs for bereaved children and their families. She has authored numerous articles and training manuals about the use of art and creative methods to facilitate the grieving process. Art making as a therapeutic modality has been the primary way for her to work with children in private practice. Currently, Grace channels her creative energies in her work as a school psychologist at Shepard Schools in Morristown, New Jersey.
Grace is most interested in the narrative, which is art that tells a story. She uses acrylics and pastels to capture the nuances of people and places in everyday life. Her work as a psychologist and art therapist has propelled her to observe closely and respond to the mood and dynamics in social connections. Art is both a visual and social connection between its creator and its viewer. Grace paints scenes from daily life which she hopes engages the viewer’s imagination, emotions and connection to their own personal narrative. Family and friends are often unknowing models as they go about day to day activities.
Grace is an Associate Artist at the Noyes Museum and The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. She has exhibited at numerous galleries in New Jersey, including the Great Bay Gallery, Nashville North Studios, Holtzman Gallery, Art on Asbury Gallery and the Ocean City Arts Center. Her paintings have received numerous awards and recognition.