Once Again Science Says Art is Great for your Brain

As if we didn't already know this!

At this point, we know that art has multiple effects on our brain, can keep our brains healthy longer and have other health benefits that we might not know about. Here are some of them.

Our brains were designed to appreciate and process artwork. Recent studies have shown that looking at art can activate the pleasure centers of our brain. A study that had people looking at art noticed that the centers of the brain that process emotions and create pleasure were being engaged while the person was looking at art. Both sectors were triggered through an appreciation of art. 

 And although our brains make us feel pleasure through the act of analyzing artwork, our brains actually do more for us through the acts of creating art. In a 2014 study we've mentioned before in this blog, creating visual art increased brain activity and resiliency for the participants of the experiment. So basically, older people should be creating more art so that their brains stay more active. in the study, the brains of the participants were monitored for a few weeks while they created art in a classroom setting. At the end of the experiment, the study reported that the brains of the participants showed improved functionality in cognitive processes such as introspection, self-monitoring, awareness and even memory


This is your brain on art.

Another thing that viewing and creating art can do for us, is decrease stress. We've discussed how coloring books are being prescribed by French therapists in order to decrease stress, but now there is new information out of the University of Westminster that has found that viewing art can significantly decrease stress levels.

Doctors of the University of Westminster conducted an experiment where people self-reported their stress levels before and after viewing art at a local art gallery during their lunch breaks. Given 35 minutes to explore the gallery at their leisure, each person reported lower levels of cortisol, the stress creating hormone. 

So next time you feel like your job or home life is stressing you out too much, maybe a trip to the museum or pulling out your paints or art journal might just help relieve stress and lower cortisol levels a bit more than happy hour.


Matisse and SoHo Fall 2014 Painting Contest Winners

Let's give a big hand for our winners!

After much deliberation, we finally have our winners for our Matisse Derivan 2014 Fall Painting Contest and our SoHo Urban Artist 2014 Fall Painting Contest! With our many yearly contests, Artists have the opportunity to share their art with the world as well as gain fabulous prizes from Jerry's such as Jerry's Artarama eGift Cards

So without much further ado, here are our winners for each contest.


First Place

by Katie Hofacker

"I love using Matisse Acrylic paints! I have not found another paint that can rival this brand. The ease of use and vibrant colors are second to none. I would recommend Matisse acrylic paints to any acrylic artist out there!"


Second Place Winner

"Purple Clematis"
by Mary Hertler Tallman

"Matisse Flow Acrylics are fantastic! I chose to work on a non-traditional ground of quilted fabric to create my painting. I was so pleased with the paint's performance. I could mix my colors and values with great ease and with an anticipated outcome. I recommend Matisse without reserve."


Third Place Winner

"Pumpkin Patch"
by Karen Ahuja

"I enjoy using Matisse acrylic paints because of their unique color palette. Some of my favorite Matisse colors that I have used in the 'Pumpkin Patch' are Australian Salmon Gum, Alpine Green and Metallic Copper"



First Place

"The Last Whiskey"
by Ruben Calle

"The Soho Oil paints give a professional look to my paints and they have a very rich pigments and they have an affordable price."


Second Place Winner

by Yampier Yampier

"I recommend SoHo because it has a very good quality in all its products. The oil painting of SoHo, is brilliant in its colors, and the white has a very high quality for color mixing. The oil colors are quick drying and have a wide variety of pigments. And it's very affordable."


Third Place Winner

"Mya, Age 6"
by Heather Moritz

"I started oil painting in 2009 and was looking for an oil paint that was affordable but yet high quality. I found SoHo on Jerrysartarama.com and bought a few colors. I fell in love with SoHo oils and still use them! I love the consistency of the oil paints. It isn't terribly thick and spreads on the canvas very well. The color is reliable in every tube I have purchased and they last a long time in the tubes. My 13 year old daughter is even using them now in her paintings! SoHo makes affordable, yet high quality products that allows me to do more with artwork!"

To see the Honorable Mentions Click below:

Matisse Derivan Fall Contest Honorable Mentions

SoHo Urban Artist Fall Contest Honorable Mentions

Be sure to keep checking our Contest Page to look out for many of our other yearly contests including our Self Portrait Contest!



Announcing Jerry's 3rd Annual Self Portrait Contest- Enter Now!


2015 Self Portrait Contest- Up to $4000 in prizes can be yours!

Last year we had over eleven hundred of people enter our Annual Self Portrait Contest with hundreds of great entries and 33 happy winners who walked away with a combined $4000 in prizes, the 1st place winner winning a $2,000 eGift card. This year, we are kicking off our third self portrait contest at the beginning of this exciting new year and with the kickoff of our annual sales catalog. 

So from now until April 5th, you can enter your own self portrait submission on our Jerry's Artarama Contest Entry Page. Our rules for the contest are simple: pick any wet or dry media (acrylics, oils, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, you choose!), then paint or draw a picture of yourself and submit it to our Contest Entry Page. You can use any media as long as it is you!. Each contestant may submit one portrait apiece and the winners will be chosen from there. Voting will begin on April 6th and 30 finalists will be chosen by a community popular vote from our fans. 30 additional finalists will be chosen by a jury of artists.

All 60 finalists then will then be reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists who will decide the winners for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and 30 Honorable Mentions.

All 33 Winners will be announced May 4th, 2015!

Contest Details

So enter today for your chance to win! For the full contest rules and details, check out our contest page.

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