Art Exhibit explores recovery through art

By Marianne Curtis

During the month of October the Steinbach Arts Council is hosting a very special art exhibit which celebrates the ability of people to use art to recover from mental illness.

The exhibit called Expressions: Exploring Recovery Through Art opens October 5 with a special event and will run until November 9. Expressions is a free community event held annually in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week.

According to Shannon Neufeld with the Steinbach Arts Council the purpose of the exhibit is to showcase and celebrate the outstanding ability of people who use art in the journey of recovery from a mental health problem and to promote better understanding of mental illness in our region.

This is the 9th annual Expressions and the second year it is being held in partnership with the Steinbach Arts Council, noted Neufeld.

The artists, who are from the Eastman region express themselves through a variety of media including water colour, acrylic and oil paints, photography, textiles and collage. Come check our collection of Word Art collages.

In addition, there will be artists who write and perform both music and poetry.

The exhibit will open October 5 at 7PM with special guest Erin Propp at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre in Steinbach. There will be refreshments. Donations will be accepted that will go towards the Expressions Event Fund.


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