Santa Barbara’s Psychological Wellness Heart Hosts twenty sixth Annual Psychological Well being Arts Competition

The enduring connection between artwork and psychological well being has served as inspiration for a few of our most treasured artists (Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Louis Wain) and the inventive presents of native creators with psychological well being problems will as soon as once more be on show on the Psychological Wellness Heart’s (MWC) twenty sixth annual Psychological Well being Arts Competition. Celebrating a return to in-person occasions after a two-year hiatus, the occasion will comply with an identical format to previous years, displaying the work of native artists in an array of various mediums, together with work, drawings, jewellery, poetry, sculpture, and humanities and crafts.

Fused Glass Artwork by Featured Artist Kristine Kelly | Credit score: Courtesy

Whereas nearly all of the artists have been exhibiting for years, there will even be work on show made by members of the Psychological Wellness Heart’s Fellowship Membership, who create their work within the MWC’s artwork room. This pageant offers them the chance to showcase their paintings.

This yr’s featured artist is Kristine Kelly. Her depiction of an underwater scene is reproduced on the pageant poster. Kelly creates fused-glass paintings, typically specializing in nature scenes, and was not too long ago awarded first place within the Nationwide Glass Expo for an outline of Yosemite. 

The aim of the Artwork Competition is “for artists to show their work and showcase their expertise to the neighborhood in a means that’s constructive, productive, and significant for them,” explains Darcy Maintain, MWC board member and Administrative Director of Psychiatry and Habit Medication at Cottage Well being. Maintain started her profession advocating for individuals impacted by psychological well being problems earlier than becoming a member of the MWC board greater than 20 years in the past, and he or she noticed the Arts Competition as a approach to proceed that aim. “It’s arduous to specific how a lot I like and admire the MWC shoppers…. Whereas others may even see their variations or limitations, we at MWC see their inventive presents, their strengths, and their resilience,” she says. 


The twenty sixth annual Psychological Well being Arts Competition takes place Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at De la Guerra Plaza. See

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