The Big Picture: Exploring Wellness In Recovery Through Art

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Spectrum ArtWorks presents The Big Picture at the Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis

The Big Picture
Exploring wellness in recovery through art

Solar Arts Building
711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sponsored by:
American Lung Association in Minnesota
Solar Arts Building

Exhibition Dates: February 4-22, 2016

Open to the public:
Thursday, Feb 4, 5 - 9pm (Opening Reception)
Saturday, Feb 20, 6-9 pm (winter market)

Gallery Hours by appointment:
Call 612-752-8282 or email

and aims to encourage wellness in recovery. Spectrum ArtWorks aims to travel this show to increase its visibility within the larger Twin Cities arts community. Artwork from the show is currently being completed and will be unveiled first at the Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis (February 4-22, 2016). Public viewing for this show is limited to only two receptions, with additional gallery hours by appointment. Spectrum ArtWorks is looking for more venues to display this important and meaningful work and is proposing to travel the exhibit throughout 2016. Participating artists include: Ruth Lais, Kandace Krause, Christi Furnas, Peter F. Hinze, Cecile Bellamy, Audrey Bernard, Julia C. Spencer, Michaela Rachor, Matt LaCombe, Ashley Adams, Samuel L., Dunji Diego, James E. Sjolin, David Morris, Shining Starr, and Faye Buffington-Howell. Sponsors: American Lung Association in Minnesota, RESOURCE and the Solar Arts Building.

Exhibition details:

Art from The Big Picture comes from a core group of fifteen artists living with mental illness who work publicly as a collective to challenge mental health stigmas and to create and encourage community. The theme of health and wellness in recovery is inspired by the Substance and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) definition of recovery, “as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Their work in this show stems from the SAMHSA’s defined four major dimensions that support a life in recovery, which are health, home, purpose, and community; more info. Some artists from the group call attention to the impacts of smoking on individuals living with mental illness while others look to our social and domestic lives when exploring self-care. Artists from this group have shown with Soo Visual Arts Center, Augsburg College, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MacRostie Art Center, and are recipients of the VSA MN Emerging Artist Grant and the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant. Also, six of the artists participating in The Big Picture received artistic achievement awards at the most recent People Incorporated’s Artability, an annual event which celebrates artists living with mental illness.
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By: Spectrum ArtWorks

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