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Artists with Mental Illness Showcase Work at Staunton Exhibit

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One piece of work showcased at the "Art-The Road to Recovery" Exhibit One piece of work showcased at the "Art-The Road to Recovery" Exhibit

An art exhibit in the Shenandoah Valley is giving people suffering from mental illness a chance to show off their creative side.

The exhibit "Art-The Road to Recovery" is on display at the Staunton Augusta Art Center. It showcases works created by people with mental illness - including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.     

Director of the Staunton Augusta Art Center, Beth Hodge, says the exhibit helps the artists fight the negative stigma associated with mental illness.         

"Some of these consumers are actually patients at Western State. A lot of them aren't. Some of them are. And the goal, or the hope, is to rejoin society - rejoin our community. And that takes discipline. So I think art is sometimes a metaphor for that," said Hodge.

The art exhibit is housed in the R.R. Smith Center in Staunton. It will be up through the end of May.

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