How often can you slow down to take in a single piece of art? 

 Be with it long enough to observe what comes up in body and mind as you stand before it? 

 What happens when you are moved or choose to simply move with other people?

 Shaping the Container is an invitation to engage with an art piece made by Jackson Heights’ visual artist Carla Lobmier, while taking the time to fully experience how the art can lead/shape a moving response. Jackson Heights’ movement artist, Weena Pauly-Tarr, collaborates with Carla to guide participants through relaxation, movement and an opportunity for choice in response to the art presented.

 Drift with us beyond the eyes and the intellect and join Carla and Weena for Shaping the Container, an art and movement experience May 26th or June 9th at 4pm or 6pm. Each session is 90 minutes long. These sessions are open to any adults interested in art, movement and reflection.  Registration is required to reserve your spot. Spots are limited. No fee. Should you wish, make a contribution after the event, or not. Carla’s book, Grace in Dwelling, her Jackson Height’s project about happy home will also be available for purchase at the events. 

Carla and Weena met at Weena’s ReConnect workshop August 2017 and live one block apart in Jackson Heights.

 Shaping the Container is supported by a Queens Council for the Arts 2018 New Works Grant.

 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shaping-the-container-tickets-45299996509

Carla Lobmier received BFA degrees (Painting, Art History) from Eastern Illinois University and her MFA (Painting & Drawing) from the University of Illinois. In 1999, she was nominated for and awarded an APEX ART C.P. Studio Program residency, NYC, and moved to NYC where she has remained. She has lived and worked in Jackson Heights since 2000. 2018 projects include Grace in Dwelling, Queens Museum; Disillusionment, Taller Boricua, NYC and Shaping the Container, supported by a Queens Council for the Arts 2018 New Works Grant.


Weena Pauly-Tarr has been teaching movement in NYC for the last 20 years alongside her career as a dancer. Weena is currently a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and is in school to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She received a BFA in dance from UNCG, and holds certifications through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, National Academy of Sports Training, Physicalmind Institute Pilates, ISHTA Yoga, Little Flower Mindfulness and Yoga for Children, and Reiki, and continues to rehearse and perform with Katie Workum. Weena founded ReConnect in 2016.