Thank you for making Artists Among Us 2016 such an amazing success! We look forward to seeing you next year!
Every year the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna Branch (CMHA) hosts an evening of art and community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our ArtWorks Studio participants. The Artists Among Us art gala is a celebration of recovery and wellness for people with lived experience of mental health concerns.
This year’s theme was Vibrant Expressions: An Exploration of Mental Wellbeing Through Colour. It is our hope that visitors to the exhibit will be challenged in their assumptions about people with mental health issues, helping to remove the stigma and pave the path toward a more mentally healthy community.
More about ArtWorks: The ArtWorks Studio is a safe and welcoming space for those who wish to learn new skills, have an avenue for self-expression and create art as a pathway to wellness. The studio is a place where we nurture the creative spirit and honour the whole person. Many participants of the ArtWorks Studio have overcome isolation, achieved a sense of belonging and built a stronger connection to the community. The studio offers art classes taught by local artists and covers a wide variety of techniques and mediums that are put to practice during open studio sessions. Participants get out into the community to be inspired at local galleries and by public art. The overall experience is one of wellness.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners:
Thank you to our beverage sponsor for donating the wine for our celebration toast: