The purpose of this seventh amazing art installment is to bring mental health awareness to the forefront. Art dubbed “outsider” has historically been art produced by those who are suffering from or who have suffered mental illness, as art has been a long-standing treatment and device used on the road to recovery. And, to boot, the breadth of fantastic work is great.
“Outsider” also describes the fact that these artists are generally outside of mainstream art circles. Most do not have formal or academic training, but sometimes still strive to emulate a more formal style. This is art that has personal poignancy, is visionary and a very significant genre of American art that is very valid.
Folk art dealers from across the Midwest as well as outsider art and works by clients of Midtown Community Mental Health Center, a division of Wishard Hospital Health Services, will be at the event. Come see why this art show is one of the best and most important annual art exhibitions our city has to offer.
The show is free and open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 am.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, 12-4 p.m. An opening night preview party will take place Friday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. with music by Tim Brickley. Advance preview tickets are $25 and available by calling 554-2702. The show will be held at Midland Arts & Antiques Market, 907 E. Michigan St.