Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Art of Recovery: Exhibit explores other side of trauma through art

from Traverse City Record Eagle:

TRAVERSE CITY -- They say, "no man is an island, no man stands alone."

In an effort to demonstrate this in a tangible form, Northern Lakes
Community Mental Health will present its second annual "Art of
Recovery: The Human Journey" art show.

"I had the idea that really as humans we all kind of share this
universal experience that everyone suffers, we all go through something
that's traumatic," said Shawn Semelsberger, 23, one of the original
organizers of the event.

"I know for a fact that most people are going to go through trauma
in their life or have experienced trauma," she said. "There's all these
different things that humans experience and that having to go through
something and recovering from it and that process is not unique to
someone that has a mental illness."

She said the art show is designed to bring people together who have
suffered and survived traumas like cancer, family death, rape, domestic
abuse, divorce or other such losses.

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