Gallery Talk January 19: Children’s Art, How to Appreciate, Enjoy and Display It





Join Tracy Councill, Tracy’s Kids founder and art therapist, Kathryn Horn Coneway, art therapist and art educator, and Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, Interior Designer, for an informal gallery talk about the significance of children’s art. Parents, grandparents, and kids’ art afficionados will enjoy an in-depth discussion of the developmental, emotional and aesthetic dimensions of children’s art.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Refreshments courtesy of Geppetto Catering. 
For information on making a donation to Tracys Kids, go to

Tracy Councill started an art therapy program in 1991 for patients and families in pediatric hematology-oncology at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That highly successful program evolved into Tracy’s Kids (, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining art therapy programs for pediatric hematology-oncology patients and their families, with programs in four locations. Councill earned her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 1988. She serves as lead art therapist in the Tracy’s Kids program at Lombardi and as Program Director for Tracy’s Kids, in addition to teaching Medical Art Therapy at the George Washington University.

Kathryn Horn Coneway is the co-founder and director of Art at the Center (, a studio lab for children and families in Alexandria, Virginia. Kathryn released two new picture books in 2013. Oops Paint, aimed at toddlers and preschool children, introduces stamping with everyday objects through a fun story of a family accidentally dropping things in paint. COLLETTE A Collage Adventure, tells the story of a bottle of glue who wants to get in on the artistic action in a painter’s studio. A visit from a young girl leads the two to discover the expressive possibilities of collage. Kathryn earned her MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2003 and interned at Lombardi Cancer Center while a student. She will be selling and signing books at the talk, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tracy’s Kids program.

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, owner and lead designer of SCW Interiors (, has had a lifelong passion for design with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the industry. A native of the Southwest, Shazalynn studied at the University of Texas, the Culinary Institute of America and Parsons School of Design. SCW Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in innovative and distinctive spaces that incorporate signature elements for each client. Located in the Washington, DC area, SCW services a wide geographic area and works with both residential and commercial clients.

This event is concurrent with Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, on view at the Carroll Square Gallery through January 24, 2014.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004

Gallery Open During Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, Carroll Square Gallery, 2014 (Installation View)

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And here is a link to a recent article on Kathryn Horn Coneway and her two new books.


At Tracy’s Kids 2013 was a really busy year. Here is a sampling of what we’ve been up to:

  • We began and ended the year with work on display at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St, NW, Washington, DC. Our current show is up through January 24, so there’s still time to take it in.
  • Our first ever music video “Tracy’s Kids Keep your Head Up!” went up on Youtube. (Still one of the most cheerful videos on Youtube!)
  • Art exhibit at Lombardi Cancer Center
  • Another successful Red Carpet Fundraiser in February
  • an entry in the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps Diorama Contest that didn’t win, but made the Kids’ Post
  • a great story about us on the Voice of America
  • the launch of our Junior Monet art gift site
  • a summer mosaic mural project led by students at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
  • creating American flag-themed art for a show with abstract painter Kari Kant
  • inpatient space renovations at Georgetown and Methodist San Antonio
  • two mentions on the news in San Antonio, TX
  • a comprehensive Program Evaluation by participants in all five programs
  • an art show at Life with Cancer Center
  • celebrating holidays with the kids at all the hospitals
  • creating “gingerbread men” decorations for soldiers in Afghanistan
  • leading art activities to support staff  in all our locations
  • creating art about the famous sights of  Washington and San Antonio for our Carroll Square show
  • and in one amazing week in December building and decorating Nationals Stadium out of gingerbread with help from players Ross Detwiler and Denard Span, hosting Santa’s visit to the kids at Georgetown/Lombardi Center, and opening our latest show of work by Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square!!

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the year’s highlights:

  • Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.

    Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.


    Balloon Hat

    Balloon Hat

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    Tracy's Kids at Carroll Square 2012

    Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square 2012


    Drawing ideas

    Drawing ideas

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    Tracy's Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

    Tracy’s Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

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    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

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We couldn’t do it without support from so many of you, so I want to take one final opportunity to say thank-you:

  •  to the  donors and supporters who make our work possible,
  • the hardworking and dedicated art therapists who bring healing, creativity and laughter to the hospitals every day,
  • the hospitals and healthcare teams who welcome us so warmly, and community partners like Hope for Henry, Growing Hope and Life with Cancer, Hemphill Fine Arts and Carroll Square
  • and most of all our  patients and their families–you bring your hearts, hands and energy to the art tables in all five locations.

Thank-you, thank-you, and Happy 2014 from everyone at Tracy’s Kids!

Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square



Make your plans now to attend the Tracy’s Kids exhibit at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St in Washington, DC. The opening reception will be December 13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and in addition to some great art and refreshments we will have a little art project for you to make and take home!


This year our young artists have made some special group projects interpreting famous sights in Washington and San Antonio, so come check out some new views on famous landmarks! The show will be up until January 24, and we are planning a special gallery talk by a panel of experts on children’s art for a weekend afternoon in January–stay tuned for details!