Current Exhibits

April 20 - May 9, 2018 STIGMA | GRIP // COLLECTIVE

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, April 20, 6 - 9 PM

Music in the Gallery

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Exhibit Dates:   April 20 - May 9, 2018

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ART ACCESS GALLERY: Stigma Defaced by Fionna Phillips


 This body of work seeks to examine people’s perceptions of the “face” of mental illness and asks the question, what does a mentally ill person look like compared to a mentally healthy person and can one perceive health by appearance? Starting in March of 2016 I began a project of painting 50 mid to large-scale faces. The project began simply but grew into a way to draw attention to the stigma of the mentally ill. As a caregiver, I know first hand how detrimental these stigmas are and can lead to abuse, rejection, and reluctance to seek medical care. Of the 50 people I determined to paint, statistically one in five may be mentally ill. The models I chose are a representative cross-section of the community, some of whom are struggling with mental illnesses. I believe their stories will be revelatory and empowering to the viewers. I hope to illustrate that mental illness crosses all boundaries of age, gender, and ethnicity. I hope to bring to the table in our homes and communities open and honest conversations about mental illness; to erase fear and ignorance and replace them with the realization that mental illness is exactly that – an illness like any other. I hope this exhibit will encourage people with illness to seek help without embarrassment, shame or the fear of being negatively judged by their peers.


 Image: Fiona Phillips, Face #22

ACCESS II GALLERY: Grip, Conversational Portraits on Mental Health by Cara Means // Collective by Elizabeth Wilson


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Grip, Conversational Portraits on Mental Health by Cara Means:

This portrait series depicts the effects that living with mental illness has on ten real people.  I spent careful time with each one to narrate their experience in an honest, respectful, and deeply poignant way.  As I painted each work I was able to spend quite, intimate hours with the subject- both the actual person and the illness.  It’s amazing how much grief people carry around and how eager they are to crack open their hearts when someone shows they are willing to listen.  Mental illness is a formidable foe that manipulates reality in such a way that those inflicted feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks, a decrease in self-confidence and increase in self-loathing, confusing physical sensations, and consuming compulsions.  I chose to represent this foe as a human hand because of how universally gestural hands are, and also to bring to mind such expressions as “losing grip”, “get a grip”, and in contrast “lend a hand” and “helping hand”. This series illustrates unseen yet palpable experiences of those currently in the throes of mental illness. Whether you have mental illness or simply advocate for those who do, may it shift your conversational habits toward recognition, healthy coping, and revolutionizing medical care.

 Image: Cara Means, Happy Face


Elizabeth Wilson April 2

Collective by Elizabeth Wilson:

This exhibit has 50-65 small (average 3.5" in height) mixed- media ceramic sculptures. There will be individual, groups of 2 or 3, up to 10 in a "crowd". These pieces represent emotions, stigmas, social struggles such as "bullying", mental illness and inclusion through use of form, texture, shapes, and colors.  My work is informed by 30 years of teaching art. It is an accessible and fascinating for toddlers to elders. My focus on nature, texture and whimsical play has a universal connection.

The first 13 years of my life I lived in a carriage house on a 250 acre retired family estate on the Palisades Northern New Jersey. I had endless acres, with magical ruins and nature to explore.  My mother was a choreographer of a small, New York Modern dance company which provided plenty of exposure and education in the arts. I spent every weekend with my father who lived next to Central Park in New York City.  As a young person, I spent many solo hours in that park. I enjoyed seeking out tiny worlds full of texture, form, details that created its own little story.


Image: Elizabeth Wilson, Man Down

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