ArtServe's Wellness Exhibition: Unveiling the Healing Power of Art in Mental Health Awareness Month
Artserve’s Wellness Exhibit will include works by Parkland Resident Lori Arbel. {Artserve}

By Sharon Aron Baron

ArtServe’s “Wellness Exhibition: Fostering Mental and Emotional Health—An Artist’s Journey Through Healing” will open with a complimentary public reception on Friday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. 

The event, sponsored by and Broward Health, will feature a panel discussion with local psychology professionals and artists moderated by Funding Arts Broward’s Kat Sierra.

The exhibit will run through June 16, 2023, and is accessible to the public. It aims to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of art for mental health. 

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ArtServe Executive Director Jason Hughes said, “Exploring self-expression through the outlet of various art forms can create a safe space that helps many embrace and sort through their own personal difficulties.”

ArtServe curated the “Wellness” exhibit from local artists’ submissions, including Parkland-based Lori Arbel, a therapeutic art coach, and gallery owner. 

The American Art Therapy Association reports that over 5,000 art therapists provide services nationwide, using art-making, creative processes, and applied psychological theory to support healing. 

A concurrent solo exhibit, “Story of a Woman’s Journey” by Deborah Strelkow, will also be displayed at ArtServe.

ArtServe is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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