Heart and Hustle today with guests art curator, Myken Pullins and 2 artists in recovery #136

7 min readJan 21, 2022

Heart and Hustle: Visionary Healers, Movers, and Shakers

with host Paulette Rees-Denis, Episode #136

and guests art curator, Myken Pullins and

artists in recovery, Rebecca Gonzalez Bartoli and Kristin Morris

from the Fresh A.I.R Gallery in Columbus, Ohio

January 2022

Happy Friday my friend!

Today we are talking about changing the stigma of mental illness and how making art is life changing! Whoa…

I bring you Myken Pullins, who happens to be my fabulous niece, who works with artists in recovery, through the health care system in Columbus. This amazing woman helps artists who suffer from mentall illness, addiction, and more to create a better life. Through art!

These folks have been able to heal through making art, and are recognized in the art world, and have been able to show their art, to sell their art, and perhaps make a living with their art, and change the stigma of having a mental illness. Life changing.

Myken runs a gallery call Fresh A.I.R. and gives the artists sometimes residency in their art studio, plus they participate in the open art walks that happen monthly. This is where I first met them, saw their art, purchased a piece for myself, and saw what a great studio and artist happening this event was! And I got to hear a bit of their story, about how art has saved them. Which is why I wanted to bring them to you today.

Just awesome, and I thank them for sharing their stories, being vulnerable to being on camera and telling you a little bit about themselves.

Enjoy our conversations with Myken, and Rebecca and Kristen. And let me know what you think.

Myken Pullins




Lifestyle Coach for Creatives, author, poet, teacher, speaker, passion instigator, movement motivator, guitar strummer, Global Caravan dancer & director