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 observe an analogous 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.

Santa Barbara’s Psychological Wellness Heart Hosts twenty sixth Annual Psychological Well being Arts Competition
Fused Glass Artwork by Featured Artist Kristine Kelly | Credit score: Courtesy

Whereas nearly all of the artists have been exhibiting for years, there may also 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 competition provides them the chance to showcase their art work.

This 12 months’s featured artist is Kristine Kelly. Her depiction of an underwater scene is reproduced on the competition poster. Kelly creates fused-glass art work, typically specializing in nature scenes, and was just lately 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 approach that’s constructive, productive, and significant for them,” explains Darcy Maintain, MWC board member and Administrative Director of Psychiatry and Habit Drugs at Cottage Well being. Maintain started her profession advocating for folks impacted by psychological well being problems earlier than becoming a member of the MWC board greater than 20 years in the past, and she or he noticed the Arts Competition as a solution to proceed that aim. “It’s laborious to specific how a lot I really like and admire the MWC shoppers…. Whereas others might 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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