THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION and the Mental Wellness Center announces a MAD ART – POP-UP EVENT - Art Saves Lives: Mental Illness and Art, organized by artist Lucia Grossberger Morales. The event takes places at the Channing Peake Gallery, County Administration Bldg., 1st Floor, 105 E. Anapamu St. Santa Barbara, CA on 1st Thursday, May 7, at 6pm. This coincides with May being Mental Health Month and includes events with the Mental Wellness Center and the Southern Santa Barbara chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
A panel discussion at 6pm, Art Saves Lives: Mental Illness and Art, moderated by Stacy McCrory, MFT, Clinical Director of the Mental Wellness Center, and includes Dr. Susan Guy, Psychiatrist, J.T. Turner, Psychologist, and Executive Director of Phoenix House, and joined by artists Lucia Grossberger Morales and Lesley Grogin. The evening will also feature the debut of the short 3D film Mania by artist Lucia Grossberger Morales. The Mania series was conceived during an intense bout of mania. The artist drew quick sketches of her thoughts and emotions during that phase and months later when she had recovered, painted the works which are visuals of the film. 3D glasses will be distributed to the audience to view the film. Seating is limited.
Lucia Grossberger Morales’ paintings were designed to be seen through Chroma 3D glasses, which break up the light into the different wave lengths so that reds appear the closest, then orange, yellow, green and blue. The artist has been creating art using Chroma 3D for over a decade and in these paintings she carefully constructed them so that where each color appears in the visual space is an important aspect of the work.
Appearing also in the Channing Peake Gallery, from Monday, May 4 through May 8, M-F, 8-5pm, will be examples of artworks from participating artists with the Mental Wellness Center. For more information visit www.mentalwellnesscenter.org
Join us for this exciting and fascinating program as we shed light on the correlation between mental illness and creativity and the therapeutic relationship between both.
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