ART HEALS / by Amy Vidra

I’ve been working on a piece for the Journey of Hope, an awesome show exhibiting works from artists representing stories of writers who’ve experienced mental illness. Writer’s stories are paired with an artist to create a representational piece of art in their own style and interpretation to be exhibited at The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and The Crocker Art Museum. This event is organized by the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau, part of the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think”.

While previously working as an art therapist, I saw the many stages of mental illness and how this effected them and their families. Though the struggles and obstacles often got in their way, they were resilient, strong, and beautiful humans. There are many faces of mental illness, but through art, we can heal.

A close up of my piece for the Journey of Hope,  Remarkably Unique.

A close up of my piece for the Journey of Hope, Remarkably Unique.