Art of Recovery


A picture might be worth a thousand words, but images of recovery from mental illness transcend any lexicon. For 15 years, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has showcased art that goes beyond language to offer a precious glimpse of the journey to recovery.

“The Art of Recovery provides an opportunity for individuals living with mental health challenges to combat stigma and align with the community in promoting recovery. Artists from across the state participate in the annual art show.  RACSB is fortunate to benefit from statewide participation and the exceptional partnership of artists Gabe and Scarlet Pons.”


Amy Rippy, coordinator of Kenmore Club

Kenmore Club, RACSB's program for adults with mental illness, sponsors the exhibit, which honors the role creativity plays in mental wellness.  This year’s show begins May 3 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery in Fredericksburg. An opening night exhibit will be held Friday, May 3, from 5-9 p.m.

“This is the eighth year that PONSHOP has hosted The Art of Recovery exhibit. We applaud the participating artists for their willingness to share their artistic journey with the public and look forward to their voices being heard.”


Gabe Pons, co-owner of PONSHOP Studio & Gallery

The exhibit coincides with National Mental Health Month and will be on display through May 27.  

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is at 712 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg and open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For details, contact Amy Rippy at 540/373-7737 or artofrecovery@rappahannockareacsb.org.

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  publicinformation@rappahannockareacsb.org.  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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