Experience the healing power of art through a collaborative exhibit on display at the Bottle Works Arts on 3rd Avenue in Cambria City, Johnstown. “The Arts Heal” is a group show curated by Donald Talbot, Professor of Fine Arts, Mount Aloysius College featuring artwork from participants in the following programs: Opening Minds through Art (OMA); the Peer Empowerment Network; the H.O.P.E. Drop-in Center, Altoona; Mental Health Resources of Central PA; Evolution Expressions of Altoona; Southern Care Hospice of Altoona; and YogaSong. A companion exhibit, “Let’s Heal” by photographer Brenda Sanner will be on display simultaneously in the Black Box Theatre of the Bottle Works’ Tulip Building.
A pubic Opening Reception is scheduled 11 AM – 3 PM Saturday, May 18. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served followed by a group drum circle led by Matt Mikeska. Rachel Allen of YogaSong will also lead several interactive mini-workshops. A donation of $5 is suggested, and advance reservations are encouraged. Reserve your space by calling 814.535.2020.
Talbot started this healing outreach with students in his Community Engagement through the Expressive Arts class at Mount Aloysius. “For the folks from these communities, the engagement is in the process. The support from artists and instructors themselves becomes more important than the art itself,” Talbot said. “Visitors to this exhibit will be surprised by the variety of production. We don’t teach classes, this art is a product of their own personal expression created in open art studios. Most don’t consider themselves artists, and the majority have very little background, but still they produce very extraordinary art work.”