Welcome to the Art Exhibition section. At our Well-being centre in Ashton, we host the artwork of local talents, which is rotated on a monthly basis. Most pieces of art on exhibit are placed on the walls throughout the centre, and are available for public viewing.
Some exhibitors may also want to sell their art, however, this is dealt with directly by the exhibitor themselves.
Helen is a resident of Salford, working in Oldham, born on the Wirral. She has been drawing and painting her entire life, using it in later years as a way of expressing herself and as a way of representing certain landmark occasions in her journey. She is inspired by art that has something to say, where there are messages to be conveyed hidden or otherwise and as such tries to emulate this in the work she produces. Combining the meaning being conveyed by a piece of poetry with a particular image she has created is another favourite technique she utilises which can be shown in some of the pieces exhibited here today.
The images presented are an expression of different themes; love, loss, happiness and above all, mental health recovery. Helen has suffered with depression, anxiety and OCD at various times throughout her life and when they were exacerbated following two family bereavements close together she took the decision to seek professional help and has never looked back. The two pieces 'Smelling the roses' and 'Coulrophobia part III' are specifically on the theme of recovery and focus on how it is possible for mental health symptoms to be relieved, most especially when people are open and honest and seek help instead of 'painting on' a happy face when inside tells a very different story.
I hope you enjoy these pieces, please see my blog at http://helen-smith-art.posterous.com/ for some of my other pieces. Please contact me direct to buy any of the items exhibited here or on my blog, or if you would like to discuss me producing a piece on commission.
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