Art as Healing: Exhibit at APT Opens Discussion on Mental Health

APT and The Arts Partnership believe that exposure to art improves quality of life. Sometimes it can even save a life.

Because May is Mental Health Month, we curated an exhibit at APT, a Creative Incubator to highlight local artists who use art as an avenue toward healing and growth. We’re hosting a reception from 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at APT with an artists’ talk and poetry reading at 6 p.m. by poet Emily Vieweg.

Professional clinical counselor Ashley Stielow will also say a few words at the reception. Stielow provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a variety of behavioral health symptoms including depression, ADD, bipolar and other personality disorders. She also specializes in Art Therapy.

“Our hope is that by highlighting artists who use their work to cope with and overcome the unique challenges that accompany some of these issues, we can all work to increase awareness and continue to reduce the stigmas associated with the subject of mental health,” says APT manager, Christina Johnson. “Even more so, we hope that seeing how art has provided a helping, steadying hand to these brave artists, may give someone else the confidence they need to find new strength through creativity.”

We thank the following local artists for sharing their journeys with us through this exhibit (* indicates an APT studio artist):

Crystal Gilson
John Paulson
Tara Fermoyle*
Emily Vieweg*
Sha Littlewind

The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. APT, a Creative Incubator is located at 225 4th Avenue North in downtown Fargo.

Featured artwork by Crystal Gilson.

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