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By Susan Larson. Photo provided by the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board.

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) is accepting entries for the 13th Annual The Art of Recovery, a show featuring original artwork by adults with mental health challenges.

The show is organized by members of Kenmore Club, RACSB’s psychosocial clubhouse for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

“The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, address misconceptions surrounding mental illness, and experience community support,” said Amy Umble, RACSB public information officer.

The RACSB is accepting original drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, prints, mixed media, and ceramics. Artwork should be submitted by April 3, 2017.

The entry form and display instructions are attached to this article, and are also available on the RACSB website. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Selections will be made by April 14.

The exhibit will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fredericksburg First Friday, May 5, at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

The show runs through May 30, and coincides with National Mental Health Month.

For details or to submit artwork, contact Helen Conley at 540-373-7737 or

Submissions may also be mailed to RACSB, Attn: Art of Recovery, 600 Jackson St., Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.

PONSHOP will apply a reasonable commission on all artwork sold.

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse, and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and King George.

13th Annual “The Art of Recovery”
Deadline for Entries: Monday, April 3
Notification of Artwork Selections: Friday, April 14
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 5 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 29

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