Art Heals Exhibition
Join us in celebrating the healing power of art!
The Bottle Works presents the Art Heals Exhibit in collaboration with Mount Aloysius College’s Opening Minds through Art Program. The exhibit will be on display from January 14 through February 27. Opening reception will be held on Saturday January 16 from 10-1. Art has always been a pathway to therapeutic expression, but now more than ever, it’s impact on a person’s well being is on full display.
The Art Heals exhibit showcases the work of artists who participate in the various Opening Minds through Art Programs (OMA) throughout the region.
Opening Minds through Art Program
In the fall of 2016, Mount Aloysius College under the initiative of Dr. Donald Talbot, Professor of Fine Arts, partnered with Laurel View Village, Davidsville, to implement the region’s first Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. In the fall of 2017, a second OMA site was established at Richland Woods Assisted Living, Johnstown, and in spring 2019, a third OMA site at Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg. The program has been chiefly funded by 1889 Foundation Creative Health Impact Grants.
OMA is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Originally conceived by Miami University’s Dr. Elizabeth Lokon in 2007, OMA is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.
The program is implemented in group sessions. Up to twelve people with dementia work one-on-one with twelve trained volunteers.
Peer Empowerment Network
In spring 2018, an initiative between Mount Aloysius College and Behavioral Health of Cambria County led to the creation of a community-based open studio arts site to serve Peer Empowerment Network’s Drop-in Center clients. The Peer Empowerment Network Drop-in Center, often called the PEN Center, provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for individuals 18 and older living with and recovering from a mental health issue. The Center provides an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals feel needed and grow in self-worth, dignity and self-respect.
H.O.P.E. Drop-in Center, Altoona
In fall 2018, Dr. Talbot started a weekly open art studio for clients of H.O.P.E. Drop-in Center. H.O.P.E. H.O.P.E. Drop-ln was established in July 2014, by a small group of individuals with a mental health diagnosis, who were seeking a safe, stigma-free environment to offer support to each other. The drop-in center began as an informal gathering to share a meal and socialize. This group continued to meet and organize, with an end goal of establishing a drop-in center that would be open daily for individuals with mental health issues.In addition to the above, during the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Talbot and M.A.C. Expressive Arts students have worked with clients at Mental Health Resources of Cambria County (Ebensburg) and Arts for Healing (Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown).
Spindleworks is a non-profit art center for adults with disabilities and a program of the Independence Association of Brunswick Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community.
Artists attending the program receive supplies, studio space, and guidance as needed. Over 40 artists work in a variety of mediums, including painting and drawing, photography, ceramics and woodworking, weaving and other fiber and fabric arts. In addition, the artists write poetry and stories, and express themselves through acting and other performing arts. Their work has been exhibited widely, and they are well known and respected members of Maine’s artistic community.
All Creatures Great and Small
The Bottle Works is glad to present “All Creatures Great and Small” by Kim Williams!
The exhibit will be on display in our Main Gallery from March 6 – April 24. What better artist to spotlight during our annual NatureWorks Event, than Kim Williams. NatureWorks will be a virtual event this year on Facebook Live, on March 6 from 9 AM – 2 PM.
“I love the spiritual aspect of nature and honor the essence of holiness in my subjects. When pure inspiration strikes, I find myself imagining how a finished piece will develop … what ephemera may be added or technique used to convey a particular emotion or message. Even though my art is stylistically realistic, I always allow room for that particular inspiration to speak in the finished piece. With my work I strive to bring joy, honesty and a peaceful experience to the viewer as well as honor the Creator whose inspiration for me is boundless and never-ending.”
About Kimberly Williams
Kimberly Williams, a lifelong Western Pennsylvanian, discovered her love for art at a young age. Her father saw that she has a natural ability and sought to find formal instruction for this young creative. She began taking art classes from a community art teacher. Her love for art lead her to earn a degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As an art professional, Ms. Kim worked at the Tribune Democrat/ Johnstown Magazine as the Design Editor. During her 33-year career, she created advertisements and designed books published by the Tribune Democrat. Books she designed include Homelands, Domes and Spires, Heroes Were Made, and Slap Shots and Snapshots.
In 2015, Ms. Kim decided to fully pursue her art career. She is the proud business owner of 365 Inspired Art, which features nature-themed artwork. She has also showcased her work in various exhibitions at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona, Pennsylvania and the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Check out Kim Williams artwork at her Website: www.kimwilliamsfineart.com.
Please note that the Bottle Works engages in photography and recording of programs and events for its own print and online publication/promotional purposes. Staff and volunteers will make every effort to notify members of the public when filming and/or photography is taking place. Please notify a staff member/volunteer if you do not want to be photographed or filmed.