Brattleboro Retreat’s annual Patient Art Show kicks off with opening reception on Oct. 5

BRATTLEBORO — Drawing Strength: Patient Art from the Brattleboro Retreat will launch a month-long run with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery on Friday, Oct. 5, during Brattleboro's Gallery Walk.

As in years past, this art show will honor the creative process of Brattleboro Retreat patients and share with viewers the power of artistic expression in the process of recovering from mental health and addiction challenges.

The opening reception will include free refreshments.

The art works on display will include about 40 original pieces that incorporate multi-media, water color, acrylic, and other visual media.

Throughout its history, the Brattleboro Retreat has recognized the arts as an important aspect of life and as a significant part of the treatment of mental illness and addictive disorders. Today, the Brattleboro Retreat continues to value the arts as therapy and as an essential instrument in the formation and expression of personality.

Drawing Strength coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month, which is an annual October observance. The exhibit is free and will be open to the public throughout the month of October. For times and schedule, call the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery at 802-254-9276.

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