Art as one Voice expresses a beautiful message

ahendrix@lsjournal.comAugust 2, 2013 

Music and art enthusiasts filled Got Art Gallery July 26 for the ReDiscover Art as one Voice reception highlighting the artwork of those diagnosed with a mental illness.

“All types of mental illness are represented as well as all types of mediums,” Art Therapist Deanna Rand said, who helped coordinate the event.

The exhibit demonstrates that despite specific challenges, individuals with mental health issues do wish to express themselves, and that there are more commonalities than differences between us all.

Individuals who have mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia attend weekly art groups or classes held at ReDiscover

“This reception gives clients a chance to share their creativity and show that they have a lot to offer.” Rand said.

The classes provide them an opportunity to creatively express themselves, work together on group projects and build a community of understanding, support and creative expression.

Exhibit attendees had the opportunity to bid on the artwork via silent auction. Art is still available for bid at http://gotartgallery.org/the-gallery/featured-this-month/. Proceeds from art sales go towards the individual artist/client as well as art therapy programming at ReDiscover.

ReDiscover is a nonprofit community mental health agency that offers a full spectrum of programs and services for people whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness and/or substance abuse. ReDiscover helps men, women and children, including those who have limited income, no insurance or who are under-insured.

The exhibit will be open until Aug. 16 at Got Art Gallery, 18 S.W. Third Street.

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