August 7, 2022

Artist talk and poetry reading co-hosted with mental health art exhibition – Abbotsford News


The Communitas Supportive Care Society is hosting an artists’ conference and poetry reading at the Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

The free event celebrates the works of 24 artists and poets who have contributed to See and Hear: Art and Poetry for Mental Health, an exhibition on display at The Reach through June 27.

Twelve artists each created a piece that depicts their experience with mental illness. Each artist was then associated with a poet who interpreted this work of art with words.

Everyone who participated in the exhibit has some lived experience with mental illness.

Clive Altman’s art is a mixed media resin painting titled “I Am the Sand and the Sea”.

The artwork represents the ebb and flow that is often the experience of a person living with mental health issues.

The professional exhibition of his works gave Altman a deep sense of validation.

He is grateful that this exhibit is open to the public and hopes it will continue to help break the stigma that still exists around mental illness.

“Being part of this project gave me a goal to work on and achieve, something that I haven’t been able to do for a long time due to my poor mental health,” he said.

“Creating beautiful objects gives me a sense of accomplishment. I can say, ‘Yes, I created this.’ “

During the artist’s presentation and poetry reading, each artist will give a short talk about their work, and then the corresponding poet will give a reading of their poem.

Altman looks forward to talking about his works and hopes community members attend the event.

“We want our art to open conversations about the stigma of our mental illness and the stigma of aspects of our lives that affect our mental health, such as addictions, homelessness, gender, sexuality and more,” said he declared.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Visit communitascare.com for more information.