4 March – 2 April 2017 | Gallery2
ARTMania is a collective of artists that occupy the studio space at Mind Wangaratta, using art as therapy and self-expression. Facilitated by a local artist, ARTMania participants are encouraged and guided through various techniques tailored to the individuals’ artistic preferences.
ArtMAnia represents a group of local artists, who will launch an exhibition of their work from the past twelve months .The group, who gets together weekly as part of Mind’s Day-to-Day Living service for people living with the impacts of mental ill-health, have been under the guidance of local artist Shae O’Keefe to create some incredible pieces.
“Each week the group is encouraged to use a range of materials to create artwork that’s meaningful to them. They are guided to explore various techniques, all tailored to their own artistic preferences,” said Adele Henwood, Mind Service Manager.
“Art as therapy is widely used to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s a much loved and looked forward to weekly session here at Mind and we’re delighted to see their work celebrated at this beautiful gallery,” she said.
Member of the ARTMania group and artist Mary said “ARTMania is important to me because it’s a place I can be artistic and I enjoying being part of a supportive group. We all support each other. The exhibition is important to me as it has given me confidence in my art and it shows I have grown as an artist as well as being able to contribute to a group.”
There are 51 pieces in the collection, with works ranging from sculpture, oil paintings, contemporary mixed media, water colour and pen and ink drawings to name a few.
The exhibition has been a wonderful outcome of community groups and cultural organisations working together to achieve outcomes of wellbeing with creative results that is open to everyone to witness.
image: Dog Portraits, various members of Art Mania.