To Bridge a Better Understanding
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, in May, The Myrna Loy’s Jailhouse Gallery curatorial team invites you to take a glimpse into the inner thoughts of others and acknowledge the importance of connection.
In this exhibit, we invited participants to express their experiences of their own inner world through art. All of this work was created under the guidance of therapists at Healing Mountain Mental Health, Shodair Children’s Hospital and Many Rivers Whole Health. It is through the consistent dedication of the therapists’ heartfelt involvement with their clients/artists that we are able to offer this unique opportunity to the public.
Interspersed among the artwork you will find the artist’s descriptions of their work or journey, as well as some remarks from a clinical therapist familiar with the artist.
Some of these pieces are intriguing and welcoming; some are raw. The youngest artist represented here is three. Like all expressive art, each one invites the viewer into the artist’s imaginative experience. The power in this exhibit is in viewing the participants as artists – rather than as mental health patients.
Like the artist facing a blank canvas, healing often looks like starting over. Each time we begin anew, we discover a truth and shed an old belief. We explore, resist old patterns, implement new skills, and hopefully reach a new level. Sharing and honoring this growth together strengthens the whole community.
Many thanks to all the participants and collaborators.
With special thanks to:
Barbara DeBree, Healing Mountain Health – healingmountainmentalhealth.com
Erinn Unger, Shodair Children’s Hospital- shodair.org
Samantha Maynard, Many Rivers Whole Health – manyriverswholehealth.org