Art will be displayed during the month of May, National Mental Health Awareness Month
Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) in partnership with the Healing Arts
Council of Santa Barbara County (HACSB) presents the seventh “Art of Recovery” show. This art show
features the expressions of people in recovery from mental illness. “Art of Recovery” will be held
in Santa Maria during the month of May in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. The show will
be open and free to the public.
The 2013 show will kick off with an opening reception on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
at the Recovery Learning Center at Rancho Hermosa and is located at 235 E. Inger Drive, Santa
Maria. The show will be open May 23rd-May 31st, Monday thru Friday, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Arthur Thompson Jr., an employee of Transitions-Mental Health Association, has been selected as the
featured artist in 2013 and his impressionistic piece “The Lighthouse” will be showcased in all
“When I heard about the Art of Recovery show, I was inspired to create a piece that symbolized my
experience of recovery,” Thompson explained. “TMHA’s Life House (Wellness Center) has inspired me
to focus on my mental health and has re-ignited the sparkle of life that I lost with my
Thompson has been sketching since he was 10 years old yet “The Lighthouse” is his first acrylic
painting. “My father was a master oil painter. Growing up, I watched him work and even attempted a
few times myself, but I just made a mess,” Thompson explained. “But when I enrolled in the art
class at Life House, it sparked a fire inside me – now I paint every morning.”
Thompson particularly enjoys drawing personalized greeting cards and feels they help him
communicate. “I like to thank people for what they have done and it can be a nice way to break the
ice if I don’t know them well.”
The event was first developed in 1995 to offer people in mental health recovery a way to express
themselves and to provide a venue to share art, feelings, thoughts and messages with the general
public. The goal remains the same today. TMHA and HACSB hope to help the community see that people
should not be defined in terms of their illness but by their strengths, gifts, and by the
contributions they make to society.
“Art can help you get through major tragedies in your life,” Thompson said. “I know for me, it was
a gateway to start enjoying life again.”
Persons of all ages recovering from substance abuse and mental illness, and their family members
are invited to submit work in any art form. This show features participating artists from Santa
Maria, Lompoc, and San Luis Obispo. Submissions are made in many artistic mediums including
jewelry, poems, music, stone, metal, clay, textiles, sketches, and paintings.
“You will be inspired by what you see and experience at the show and we invite you to support the
individual artists by purchasing a treasure as a reminder of our talented neighbors,” said Frank
Ricceri, Associate Director at TMHA – Northern Santa Barbara County.
For more information, please contact Jessica Woodman at (805) 928-0139 or  jwoodman@t-mha.org.
Transitions-Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults
live, work and grow in our community. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach over
2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of
TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for
community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, TMHA
has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to
teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones.
For more information, visit www.T-MHA.org.

Philosophy and Mission Statement of HACSB
The human personality is earth’s greatest treasure. Art in its many forms can reach the
unreachable. The Healing Arts Council of Santa Barbara County is dedicated to providing artistic outlets to
encourage the recovery of individuals with mental illness and/or addiction.