Well the N.A.M.I Art Exhibit and Reception last night was a tremendous success! Nearly two dozen artists exhibited some amazing work. Exhibitors included painters, musicians, poets, crafters etc. To realize that many of these individuals struggle with debilitating mental illnesses and still create is a testament to courage. Besides the symptoms of the illnesses causing challenges to daily living there are medication side effects that can play havoc and interrupt planned activities.
The featured speaker was Dr. Frederick Frese a practitioner and advocate who also struggles with Schizophrenia. Dr. Frese was inspiring and funny.He encouraged fellow consumers, "We are different not deficient."
Thank you to all who attended, supported and exhibited and thanks to the local N.A.M.I Affiliate of Delaware/Morrow Counties for your work hosting this event that continues to become more popular. The butterfly painting in the photo below, was framed and presented to Dr. Frese in appreciation for his advocacy and support to our local N.A.M.I. His wife, Penny, on her way out the door later, took time to thank and assure me she had already selected a prominent place in her home to display the painting. I hope to post more photos of the evening activities as I receive them.
- Creating Art is my passion! I carry a sketch pad with me and whenever I am still I am drawing. I guess art is my addiction. Some of my paintings began as sketches on table napkins, envelopes, even graduation programs and then evolved into paintings, greeting cards and program cover designs. I was always in trouble as a child for leaving my sketches innapropriately on tables, desks, book shelves and sidewalks. My Art has graced the covers of nonprofit magazines, program covers for special events and greeting cards. I am now illustrating a childrens picture book. Take a look at my prints and contact me if my art style would enhance your next program cover, personalized greeting card or children's book idea.