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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Art of Recovery’s opening night on May 4. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the role creativity plays in the journey to recovery. And it was a powerful way to view the accomplishments of people with mental illness. 

This is the 14th Art of Recovery exhibit, and it was attended by more than 100 people. For the first time in recent history, the evening featured beautiful weather as we all gathered in the courtyard behind PONSHOP Studio and Gallery to watch “Art, Light, Expression.” 

This year’s “Art, Light, Expression” was phenomenal, with poetry, book readings, singing, and dance. 

If you missed the opening night, you can still catch the artwork. Masterpieces from 40 artists will be on display at  PONSHOP Studio and Gallery  Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. You will be able to view the exhibit through May 27.

Members of Kenmore Club organize the exhibit, which coincides with National Mental Health Month.

The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness. The works challenge stereotypes about mental illness. And the exhibit helps individuals develop confidence in their abilities as they continue on their path to healing. 

“Art can be so healing,” said John Butler, coordinator of RACSB’s crisis stabilization services. “Art is a method of journaling, to share life experiences. It provides a safe haven for expression of feelings, hopes and dreams. Although art can be judged, art doesn’t judge. The Art of Recovery helps society in general to look at people beyond their disability and for folks with disabilities to not be defined by those disabilities.”

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