Media Preview: Art Exhibition by Artists of Laurel House - People Living with Mental Illness

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Seven Day exhibit of 48-60 works of Art from Laurel House artists seen for first time


WHO:    Many of the Laurel House artists; Laurel House CEO Linda Autore; Curator Lynn Garelick

WHAT:    Unpacking and displaying 50 to 60 pieces of artwork that will be on exhibit starting May 2nd

WHERE:    Christ Church, 216 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT, in the Vestry On site Cell Phone Contact: 917-518-2603

WHEN:    Thursday, April 28th, 1:00PM

Christ Church of Greenwich will present a seven-day exhibition of four to five dozen works of art by the artists of Stamford’s Laurel House, seen for the first time. Laurel House provides resources and creates opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead productive lives in their communities. Such artists as Laurel House members Robert Gilroy, Georgia Little, and Edward E. McCormick, Jr. have been formally trained, and their creations will be part of the Christ Church exhibit.

Since 1984, Laurel House (http://www.laurelhouse.net) has operated in Stamford, Connecticut, using a self help approach. This method is holistic and focuses on the individual strengths of people with mental illness to lead productive, meaningful and rewarding lives in their communities. The emphasis at Laurel House is on recovery.

Although more than four-fifths of Laurel House members have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, they believe that people can and do recover from the worst effects of serious mental illness. Their symptoms can lead to unemployment, disrupted education, homelessness, loss of social ties, and a lifelong reliance on medication. In addition, they experience a soul-crushing loss of self-esteem, and they often suffer from apathy and despair. Laurel House restores hope by giving people a chance to regain what was lost: employment, education, housing, companionship, health, ties to their communities and self-respect.

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