“OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE”
August 31 – September 26
Opening Reception Friday September 2 from 5 to 7pm
Once in a while, something comes along that rocks our carefully constructed world, leaving us in awe of art outside our bubble. Some of our gallery artists attended an art exhibition last year and were very taken with art produced by disadvantaged artists. Living with mental or emotional challenges, some artists without housing, all attend the art program at The Wellness and Advocacy Center in Santa Rosa. In this peer-run, self-help mental health program, individuals have access to art supplies and are encouraged to bring their creativity out, to find their own happiness. As explained by naomi murakami, Art Director, mental illness is one of the most misunderstood and dishonored disabilities, and the Center’s art program hopes to dispel the stigma attached to those with mental health challenges by sharing the brilliance of their art within our communities. We agree, and we know you will too when you see these extraordinary artworks. We are privileged to devote the month of September to this exhibition, from August 31 through September 26, 11 to 5 every day except Tuesdays.
Please join us at our Opening Reception on Friday September 2 from 5 to 7pm, free wine and nibbles provided for your enjoyment. Due to the challenges involved in transporting the participants to Sonoma, they will not be able to attend in person, however, Art Director naomi will be attending to represent them. All of the participants are eagerly anticipating a successful showing of their efforts.
The Wellness and Advocacy Center is a program of Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire, contracted by Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Behavioral Health Division, with funding from the Mental Health Services Act. To learn more about this program, visit their website at www.wellnessandadvocacy.org
ALSO EXHIBITING IN SEPTEMBER
Patricia Akay, Roberta Alexander, Barbara Aliza,
Laura Culver, Dee Dushkes, Irene Ehret, Zaza Fetterly,
Yvonne Giambrone-Martin, Christine Gonzalves, Kirk Hinshaw, Merryl Latini, Jackie Lee, Nancy Martin, Helen Mehl,
Linda Semple, Lyn Swan, Thena Trygstad, Jennifer Whitfield, Mark Zukowski