Exploring mental illness through art

This is the final weekend to visit Beyond Words, not Beyond Reach exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery.

This is the final weekend to visit Beyond Words, not Beyond Reach exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery.

In partnership with the gallery, South Okanagan Mental Health and Addictions Services and the B.C. Schizophrenia Society are presenting this touching and profound exhibition which explores the complex and often misunderstood world of those who suffer from mental illness.

The exhibition aims to both promote a greater understanding of those in our community who experience and wrestle with mental illness and psychological trauma and to foster an appreciation of their creativity through the presentation of their original works of art.

The experience of mental illness is one of the most profound and often misunderstood of all human conditions.

Sometimes a person has to find creative forms other than words to express it and often this creativity can lead to greater understanding.

Art works like these speak to us emotionally, cognitively and perhaps most importantly, with compassion.