New Exhibit for Mental Health
Last year, Communitas held a poetry and art exhibit focused on mental health. The exhibit was first held at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and then travelled to the O’Connor Group Gallery in Chilliwack. It was enormously successful with hundreds of people attending at each location.
Building on that, we are preparing for a new exhibit called See and Hear: Art and Poetry for Mental Health. This time, we are giving the artists a chance to start the process, creating a piece of art that will then be interpreted in words by a poet. The exhibit opens May 23rd at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and runs until June 28.
“Artists and poets have a unique way of experiencing the world,” says Angelika Dawson, who manages the communications department for Communitas and who curates the shows together with her colleague, Veronica Harms. “When we get a chance to come alongside them and experience that world through their voice, we are better for it.”
The goal of these exhibits is not only to give artists and poets a voice, but to break down the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. See and Hear: Art and Poetry for Mental Health opens May 23rd at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford beginning at 7:00 pm. An Artist Talk and Poetry Reading is scheduled for June 20th, also at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to both events. Admission is free.
Image at top: detail from What Cannot Be Undone, graphite, acrylic and metallic paint, by artist: Joshua Harms