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Fragrant Wood Gallery supports mental health in upcoming art show

posted Nov 3, 2014, 1:26 PM by Laurence Gatinel   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 1:46 PM ]


Fragrant Wood Gallery is pleased to support The Kettle Society, featuring "Nature in the City", a group show, including paintings, photography, plexiglass prints and assemblages. The theme is about the importance of the role of nature in our busy city lives.

Sandra Yuen MacKay, an artist, writer, and mental health advocate, and Jaz Pawa, a photographer, art collector and art agent, approached Alice Gu, the gallery manager, with a proposal for a fundraiser to aid people who struggle with mental illness who may also face poverty, homelessness, addiction, and stigma.

"I want to pay forward the help I've received," Sandra said, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 34 years ago. Jaz Pawa is a member of The Art Studios, an art program for people in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. "Creating art plays a therapeutic role for many people suffering from depression and anxiety," he stated. "Creativity aids people with mental illness in ways medication can't." Through Alice's generosity and compassion for others in need, she agreed and "Nature in the City" emerged.

The gallery and artists are donating part of the proceeds to The Kettle Society toward the John Watson Memorial Art Fund, which grants $100 a year to low-income artists for art projects. "We hope that this show will bring artists and the public together to raise mental health awareness. Give a canvas and brush to an artist who can't afford them and he could be the next Picasso," Sandra said. Arts within the mental health community brings people out of isolation. They socialize, share and support each other.

The gallery invites the public to our Opening Reception, Thursday, November 27th, 6-8 pm, at Fragrant Wood Gallery, 2447 Granville St, Vancouver, BC. The show will run thru December 10th.

Fragrant Wood Gallery was established in 2011 and is recognized for Balinese hand carved sculptures and fine art pieces from established and emerging artists of different cultures.

Since its humble beginnings in 1976, the Kettle has been committed to working with people living with mental illness and addictions using a low-key, softly directional approach to build self-esteem and assist in recovery. They have 26 programs; over 350 units of housing and 3,600 clients. Services include: a Drop-in Centre that provides meals 365 days of the year; advocacy; homeless outreach; pro bono law clinic; housing; a women’s transition house; medication monitoring; health clinic; volunteer programs; training & employment; and, social/recreational programs. Artist members of the Kettle will exhibit their work at 1784 East Hastings as part of the Eastside Culture Crawl, November 20th to 23rd.

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Laurence Gatinel,
Nov 3, 2014, 1:26 PM
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