Art Exhibitions

David Byrd's Voices Explores Mental Illness at Walter Meade

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David Byrd, Hospital Hallway, 1992, oil on canvas, 43 x 42

The Roxbury Arts Group presents David Byrd's Voices in the Walter Meade Gallery Saturday, January 17 at 3pm.  

As as a former social worker, this exhibiton speaks to me.  Byrd, who worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric ward, explores mental illness through his 30 years of experiences at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY.  His artist statements says:

"I watched the patients, how they moved and interacted with each other and how they coped with the staff.  All the patients were heavily medicated.  I tried to paint because I had the remote idea that it might serve me in my behavior to others."

The exhibit will remain open through February 21, 2015.

Exhibit: January 17 - February 21

Reception: Saturday, January 17, 3:00 PM

Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center

5025 Vega Mountain Road

Roxbury, NY 12474

607.326.7908

 

Artist Opportunity

To raise awareness and increase understanding of mental illness, the Society for Contemporary Craft is organizing Mindful: Exploring  Mental Health through Art (September 18, 2015 – March 12, 2016).  With an emphasis on anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, and PTSD, the exhibition will provide a forum for artists to share their powerful artistic responses to a growing public health concern. 

For Submission Guidelines

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015