Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is so excited to be partnering with The County of Sacramento's "Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau" to bring the Journey of Hope Show to the Center for the month of August.  In this show, real life stories of people dealing with mental health issues, will be brought to life through the artistic interpretations of local artists.  Four of our Member Artists have chosen to create a art piece inspired by the personal story they were given.  Over the next few days, we will be highlighting these artists, as they share their thoughts on the process, including a peek at the art they have created.      


  As a ceramic artist my work takes on a narrative feel.   I enjoy expressing my own personal life experiences through the clay.  Sometimes I have a sketched idea and big plans for a piece but in the end the clay speaks another language and I enjoy what comes out of that.   I am not afraid of going with the flow because often something beautiful comes out of letting the clay speak to me. 

Upon reading Jaqueline’s story I immediately felt a connection to her because,  I too just want to be accepted for who I am.  I too say things sometimes that can be misunderstood.  I too, lost friends for no reason that I could understand. 

The phrases I stamped into the piece “Acceptance” reflect a positive attitude toward moving forward.  Often times people can dwell in the negative of bad feelings.  The progression of the words used in the piece of “ I will” to “I have” and then to “I am” gives me hope that all of us can and will be accepted for who we are.  We all have the power within for understanding.  There is hope out there.

I am excited to be a part of this show because it will educate the general public of Mental Health issues.  Recently my husband was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, with more understanding, awareness and education to the general public I think the world will have more acceptance for those of us who suffer from mental illness.   

Join us for the Reception of this show on Saturday, August 6, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display to August 25th.  Click HERE to go to our Journey of Hope page and learn more about this exciting show.