Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is around the corner (Oct. 4-10), and NAMI Wisconsin is preparing for its main event, the Healing Art Show! This year, we have 40 wonderful artists who have taken the show to the next level of artistic talent.
Art helps to reduce symptoms of illness and replace negative behaviors and thought patterns with greater insight and clarity. It becomes a healing process and empowerment tool.
The Healing Art Show exhibits diverse works of self-taught and professional artists who have experienced mental illness and found comfort, hope and recovery through art. The exhibit is a way of empowering a talented and beautiful group of individuals while reaching out to the community to gain support, compassion and awareness of mental illness. It is also meant to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness by showcasing artistic works and personal strengths that challenge the general public’s typical understanding of mental illness, portraying it instead as a creative exploration. The exhibit allows artists to share their story in a safe environment where they aren’t seen as their diagnosis, rather, they’re seen as an artist, more importantly, a human, with incredible talents, bringing us along on their journey through life.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS
WHOSE ART WILL BE DISPLAYED THE THE
9TH ANNUAL HEALING ART SHOW!
K. M. De Bruyne
Kelly Lingen Mahieu
Mackenzie Allyn Farrell
Patricia Ann Vyse
Reggie 'Pohegan" A.
Susan C. Mader
Bev K. Kout
Bobbi L Rieboldt
Connections Counseling Art Therapy Group
Jed T. Dietenberger