“A Quiet Place” by Joshua Dallaire.
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“A Quiet Place” by Joshua Dallaire.

HCRS to host art show

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont's nonprofit community mental-health agency, will host its fifth multidisciplinary art exhibition to be held at the 118 Elliot Gallery throughout the month of April.

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring live musical performances and light refreshments to enhance the vibrant atmosphere.

Showcasing the diverse talents of artists within the HCRS community, both seasoned professionals and emerging talents, both people receiving services and their staff, event organizers promise a celebration of creativity and resilience, "offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of artistic expression nurtured by the nonprofit agency," they say.

HCRS cordially invites the community to join them at the opening reception. Additionally, the public is encouraged to explore the artwork during designated open hours at 118 Elliot: Fridays (April 12, 19, and 26) 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays (April 6, 13, 20, and 27) noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays (April 7, 14, 21, and 28) noon to 4 p.m.

The organization's dedicated staff, Jonathan Mattoon and Nickie Godin, spearheaded the annual exhibition, extending their passion for art wellness to those they support, say organizers.

"More people are beginning to recognize the connection between art, healing, and public health," Mattoon said in a news release. "Our show is an excellent opportunity for the community to view the creative expressions made by our staff and the individuals we serve across our agency."

Founded in 1967, HCRS is a nonprofit community mental health agency serving Vermonters in Windham and Windsor counties. HCRS serves more than 4,000 individuals every year through its mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities programs. Visit hcrs.org for more information.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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