Artists and Poets Present Their Work
Communitas Supportive Care Society hosted an Artist Talk and Poetry Reading at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford on Thursday, June 20th at 7 pm.
The event celebrated the works of 24 artists and poets contributed to the See and Hear: Art and Poetry for Mental Health, an exhibit that was on display at the Reach until June 27th. Twelve artists each created a piece that depicted their experience with mental illness. Each artist was then paired with a poet who interpreted that art piece in words. Everyone who took part in the exhibit has some lived experience with mental illness.
Clive Altman’s art is a mixed media resin painting titled “I am the sand and the sea”. The artwork represents the ebb and flow that is often the experience of someone living with mental health challenges. Having his artwork displayed professionally gave Clive a deep sense of validation. He is grateful that this display is open to the public and hopes it will continue to help break the stigma that still exists around mental illness.
“Participating in this project gave me a goal to work on and achieve, something I haven’t been able to do for a long time due to my poor mental health,” he says. “Creating beautiful objects gives me a sense of accomplishment. I can say ‘Yes, I created that.’”
At the Artist Talk and Poetry Reading, each artist gave a brief talk about their work and then the corresponding poet gave a reading of their poem. Clive appreciated being given the opportunity to talk about his art work.
“I am so glad that the public met us and heard about our lives, our struggles and our accomplishments,” he says. “We want our art to open conversations around the stigma of our mental illness and around the stigma of parts of our lives that affect our mental health, like addictions, homelessness, gender, sexuality and more.”
The See and Hear Artist Talk and Poetry Reading was held Thursday, June 20th at 7 pm, at the Reach, 32388 Veterans Way in Abbotsford.
See and Hear: Art and Poetry for Mental Health is presented by Communitas Supportive Care Society and the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.