“Unmasking Mental Illness” Part of Lunch’s Menu
The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is opening the doors to the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art for a special showing of the exhibit, “Unmasking Mental Illness.” As an added incentive, the cooperative is inviting guests to have lunch while viewing the display.
“Lunch with the Arts,” the first in a series of monthly luncheons scheduled for the center, will be Friday, February 17, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
“We want to attract as many people to the art center as possible,” said Renee Hoffman, the chairperson for the cooperative’s committee that oversees the center. “We thought if we served lunch that would attract people to view the exhibit during their lunch period. It’s a great atmosphere to have a casual lunch while viewing some really interesting art pieces.”
The exhibit is presented in collaboration with Pawnee Mental Health Services, and it includes a display of art from Pawnee’s clients, families, and friends that reside in ten counties. The exhibit features more than sixty pieces of work ranging from paintings to pottery, and it brings attention to the fact that mental disorders are common in the United States.
“This is a really unique exhibit that features a variety of pieces,” Hoffman said. “We’re exploring various times to have the art center open to attract a crowd. We thought over the lunch hour might be a way to attract some new clients.”
While viewing the exhibit guests can enjoy a casual lunch that features sandwiches, salads, potato chips, desserts, and drinks. The cost of the lunch is $5.00.
“We plan to do this every month,” Hoffman said. “Right now, we’re in the process of setting up exhibits for the coming months. We think this has a lot of potential.”