Prairie View to host “A Beautiful View” art exhibit, fundraiser

NEWTON, Kan. (April 22, 2015) – Prairie View, Inc., invites the public to “A Beautiful View,” a fine art exhibit and fundraiser, featuring pieces by area artists. All proceeds will support Prairie View to treat mental illness and addiction disorders.

The art exhibit, with live jazz and java bar, is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 4 at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. Some art will be sold through silent auction, and a live auction of selected pieces will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Beauty beyond mental illness

“When people reach out to Prairie View, they may feel like they are in a dark, ugly place,” says Misty Elder, Prairie View’s director of Advancement. “They often have experienced the worst in life and feel lost. But in the darkness, even the smallest shift, like the turn of a kaleidoscope, will reveal a beautiful view. Prairie View hopes this event will remind people to look beyond mental illness and discover beauty.”

One in four people has a mental illness, often suffering in silence due to shame or embarrassment.

“We must stop thinking of mental illness as a deficiency or disgrace. Instead, we should recognize it as a unique way someone interacts with the world,” Elder says.

Art Submissions

Deadline for all art (through digital submission) is May 8. Accepted works will be due May 22. Artists whose works are chosen for the exhibit will be invited to share a short written story of how mental illness or Prairie View impacted their lives. The stories will be displayed with the artists’ works.

“Beauty isn’t always where you expect it. When persons have the support, tools and knowledge to harness their thoughts, fears, actions and experiences, they can find beauty,” Elder says.

To submit art or for more information, email eldermd@pvi.org, call 316-284-6385, or see www.prairieview.org/abeautifulview.

For tickets or information

Tickets for “A Beautiful View” are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Brandy Beer at 316-284-6443 or 800-992-6292.