Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) invites the community to their 2015 Art of Recovery Show 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, May 13-16 and May 20-23 from 2:00-5:30pm at the Recovery Learning Center at Rancho Hermosa (located at 225 E. Inger Drive, Santa Maria).

To celebrate the artists, the Recovery Learning Center will host a reception event on Saturday, May 16th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, featuring art sales, refreshments, and music by Tom Mutchler.

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 hopes to help the community see that people should not be defined in terms of their illness but by their strengths, gifts, and the contributions they make to society.

“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.

Chuck Huffines has been selected as the featured artist in 2015, and his painting “Transitions’ Landscape” will be showcased in all promotions.

Huffines, a client of TMHA for nearly ten years, has always been very involved in the biannual Art of Recovery Show. “I’ve been on the selection committee many times,” Huffines said, “and it’s an honor to represent TMHA this year.”

Huffines found his inspiration for “Transitions’ Landscape” in TMHA’s own Growing Grounds program. “Growing Grounds Farm, to me, is an evolution,” Huffines explained. “With the plants, you start out with just a seedling and it grows. And it’s the same with the people. Growing Grounds gives them a chance to work, to build their self-esteem up. It helps them grow, too. That’s what inspired me.”

To Huffines, painting is about more than just creativity. “Art is very therapeutic to me,” Huffines said. “There are good days and there are bad days. If I’m feeling down, I just pull out the paintbrushes. It really eases my mind, gives me an outlet to get away from it all.”

“Art can serve as the basis of a healing network of communications and play a vital part in recovery,” said Ricceri. “This show is something that reaches the unreachable through the power of expression.”

Please contact Eli Williams at (805) 540-6534 or ewilliams@t-mha.org for an entry form and further information.

Transitions’ Landscape by Chuck Huffines

ABOUT TMHA

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. TMHA operates 30 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.