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Behind The Eyes – Art As Therapy by Alyssa Draffin and David Underwood

Join us for the opening night of Behind The Eyes – Art as Therapy, Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibit features a pair of local artists that utilize re-purposed materials in their artwork. Both artists applied for individual shows but were teamed up for this exhibit because of the bold, complimentary nature of their work and because they both use art as a therapeutic process.

David Underwood started painting 10 years ago to cope with severe Bi-Polar disorder. The last 10 years have been an incredibly long and arduous journey for David, and he attributes painting as one of the main tools used to help him heal. He has never taken an art class, yet, his work speaks for itself. He has painted every single day for the past 10 years, using mostly used canvases from The Scrap Exchange. David found that “creating works by utilizing art that has been “given up on” made his pieces whole.” This will be his first public showing.

Alyssa Draffin works with Mosaic art, specifically stained glass and re-purposed ceramic china plates. She is a licensed clinical social worker, who has spent her career working with people dealing with mental health difficulties and chronic illness. She began creating mosaic pieces as a way to deal with emotionally taxing work. As time went on, she found that creating mosaic art helped her cope with her own mental health, and became a constant source of inspiration. “I love being able to use art as a way to be vulnerable.” Alyssa is 34 years old and married.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 16th   from 6-9PM.  The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. The show runs February 16th- March 10th!