St. Clair County Community Mental Health hosting Traveling Art Show – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers

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St. Clair County Community Mental Health is hosting the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan Traveling Art Show VII through Jan. 27.
The show, which runs during SCCCMH’s regular business hours, started showing in Port Huron on Jan. 6.
“Community Mental Health organizations across the state host art contests,” SCCCMH Community Relations Specialist Aubree Mayhew said. “Winners from these contests are submitted to the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan to be featured in the traveling art show. These pieces tour the state at local Community Mental Health agencies, service providers and art galleries during a two-year period. Art is available for purchase during these tours.”
“The submissions are works of two-dimensional art, including paintings, drawings, prints, fabric and photography,” she continued. “The show began with 15 works of art, but six have already sold, so St. Clair County Community Mental Health is currently displaying nine pieces. There are three artists local to the Blue Water Area — from Imlay City, Croswell and Yale.”
SCCCMH has hosted the Traveling Art Show in 2017, 2019, 2021 and this year. It requests to host the show for a period of time.
Mayhew said the goal of the Traveling Art Show is to “promote the recovery potential of art.”
“It also works to begin conversations to end the stigma surrounding mental health conditions and intellectual/developmental disabilities,” she said. “Each artist is asked to discuss what art means to them, including what they like about art, what creating art does for them and if art helped in their recovery and life skill development. The show is created to showcase the multidimensionality of the artists and highlight the potential of using art in recovery journeys.”
She said that the artwork is encouraging and has inspired people to look into taking art classes or get back into a forgotten hobby.
During the opening reception, an individual who was participating in a Women’s Group at SCCCMH viewed the artwork and commented that she had recently taken up drawing and painting in her recovery journey, Mayhew said.
“Other women in her group, viewing the work with her, encouraged her to continue working on her projects and create one for the next art show,” she said. “It was also encouraging to the individual to see that there were artists from nearby communities who had work on display. Several pieces have already sold, which lends to the thought that these high-quality pieces have inspired others while on display elsewhere in the state.”
The artwork is on display in the Galley at SCCCMH, located at 3111 Electric Ave. in Port Huron. It is available to view from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“While we aren’t tracking the number of people who visit the exhibit, we have seen a number of individuals walk through the display while attending to business in the building,” Mayhew said. “Our staff who work out of this location have also viewed the artwork. … We encourage the public to stop by to view the art as it speaks volumes to the talent in our state.”
The show is free to view. When arriving, people are asked to notify the receptionist that they are there to view the Traveling Art Show in order to be directed to the Galley for viewing.
All artwork is available for purchase for $150. To purchase an item or find out how the funds are used, email Monique Francis at CMHA at [email protected]
“Engaging in any type of creative expression, from writing, playing music, dancing, acting, painting, etc. to simply coloring a picture, can foster positive thoughts, promote feelings of accomplishment and relieve stress and anxiety,” Mayhew said. “Creative expression can also lessen shame, anger and guilt after a traumatic experience. The experiences individuals have while engaging in creative expression are similar to engaging in mindfulness, meditation or yoga exercises.”
“At St. Clair County Community Mental Health, creative arts classes are offered to individuals to benefit their recovery,” she continued. “Currently we offer theater classes, a music class and pottery class. SCCCMH also hosts Creative Arts Contests to encourage local students to engage in creative outlets and promote anti-stigma activities.”
For more information about SCCCMH, call the Access Center at 1-888-225-4447 or visit scccmh.org or facebook.com/scccmh.
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