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Candyce Scott Unlocks Potential Through Art, Psychology

Excerpt from an article by Janet Goetze in The Oregonian, October 15, 2011.

An artist whose creativity blossomed after she started college in her 50s — a step in her new life after a drug bust — has installed a 13-foot mobile in a 2 1/2-story atrium at downtown's First Unitarian Church.

Candyce Scott, 62, discovered sculpture, specifically mobiles, after she entered Portland Community College five years ago. Along the way, she realized she was interested in psychology, too. Now she is working toward a psychology degree at Marylhurst University to become a counselor, but art remains part of her life.

A half-dozen years ago, Scott had no idea she could go to college and gain the self-confidence to work with other people. She had just been arrested for selling crack cocaine after using the stuff herself for 23 years.

The church mobile is her largest but not her first. Earlier, she made a mobile for the Volunteers of America women's residence, where she lived while undergoing rehabilitation.

Later, she was a volunteer in the program, having lunch with residents and listening to those who needed to talk. Now she is a part-time residential counselor, guiding the women through therapies that helped her.

She encourages others to consider more education and creative activities. In her art class, she said, "I explored the creative side of myself and the possibilities it can unlock."

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