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Art Exhibit to Open at Lee Dam Center for Fine Art

 

“Unmasking Mental Illness” opens February 12

 

The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is partnering with Pawnee Mental Health Services to bring an art exhibit to the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art.  The exhibit, “Unmasking Mental Illness,” commemorates the mental health organization’s 55th anniversary.

 

The exhibit includes a display of art from Pawnee’s clients, families, and friends that reside in the following counties: Clay, Cloud, Geary, Jewell, Marshall, Mitchell, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, and Washington.  The exhibit will run February 12 – March 2, 2012 at the art center located at 201 South 9th Street, Marysville, KS.

 

An opening reception will be held Sunday, February 12, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Sweets, chocolates, coffees, and other “valentine” related foods will be served.

 

The exhibit features more than sixty pieces of work ranging from paintings to pottery.  The display brings attention to the fact that mental disorders are common in the United States; in a given year approximately one in four adults is diagnosed with a mental disorder.  One in seventeen people suffer from mental illness, and one in five children have a diagnosable mental health problem. Mental health problems are real, common, and treatable.

 

Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance abuse treatment center serving more than 7,700 people annually.

 

For more information about the exhibit, people may contact Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director, at 785-713-2077.

 

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