POPLAR BLUFF -- What happens when a therapist needs therapy? For a Ripley County woman, her therapy comes in the form of fiber art. Rosemary Claus-Gray is an artist, but she doesn't paint on a canvas. Instead, she uses fabric to tell a story. Working with fabrics relieves her stress and produces a work of art at the same time.
Claus-Gray says her art work helps keep her mind off her job and one could even say these pieces of art are a work of heart. She is a counselor at the Samuel Medical Clinic in Doniphan, and Claus-Gray uses her art as a de-stresser.
"It helps me relax and restore myself. It's a very nice balance in my profession and in my artwork," she said.
Although she's had no formal schooling as an artist, she learned to work with fabric from her mother while growing up outside of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. "She was could just do anything with fabric and I watched and learned and we shared that as a good part of our relationship," she said.