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RACSB plans Art of Recovery event

RACSB will hold the 13th annual Art of Recovery exhibit May 5 through May 29 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery in Fredericksburg. An opening night exhibit will be held Friday, May 5, from 5-9 p.m. A reception featuring live music, poetry, readings and art will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery’s courtyard.

The show is organized by members of Kenmore Club, a psychosocial rehabilitation program operated by RACSB. The exhibit coincides with National Mental Health Month and will be on display locally through May 29.

The Art of Recovery will feature 37 pieces from 32 artists. Artwork includes original drawings, acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, as well as mixed media and video. All of the pieces will be available for purchase.

RACSB wants Art of Recovery to provide a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, address misconceptions surrounding mental illness, and experience community support.

“One gentleman told me that he had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks ago and was contemplating taking his own life,” said Amy Jindra, program manager of Kenmore Club. “But then he saw the paperwork for the Art of Recovery and decided it was a new opportunity.”

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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