Art Therapy: Recent work by Valerie Dacpano

Friday, September 7, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Kadema Hall
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Art Therapy: Recent Work by Valerie Dacpano

R.W. Witt Gallery, Kadema Hall

September 4-7, 2018

Regular gallery hours for the R.W. Witt Gallery in Kadema Hall are 12 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Reception to be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

“Art Therapy” Recent works by Valerie Dacpano. To let go is a form of self-love. And to turn my struggles into art helped me to forgive myself. Why do I make art? Because it helps me create a dialogue with others about my dreams, fears, achievements, being courageous and so much more. I realized that I did not have to be alone in having a mental illness and that I could explore fun and healthy ways to cope with it. “Art Therapy” is my exhibition about using art as a “pensieve” and allowing myself to recover from my depression, grief, and struggle with self-love. For me, making art puts my chaotic and fast paced mind to a temporary and relaxing pause. Being someone with Bipolar Disorder is a beautiful mess. A mess so chaotic, to me it feels suffocating at times. Yet beautiful because I see beauty in the midst of chaos. In times of trials, what holds me together, no matter how temporarily or frequently my depression hits, I come out of each time stronger and able to realize how much life is a blessing. When I make art it is a reminder to myself how much I matter. When I share my art with others, it is my gift to others that they are too. 

Admissions is free and open to the public.

Parking Information:

The closest parking is in Lot 5. Enter from J Street. The daily parking machine is located near the Information booth and is painted a bright yellow. Daily permit is $6. Two-hour permit is $3. The machine accepts cash ($5, $1, quarters, dimes and nickels), Visa and Mastercard.

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