Illumination: Paintings, a Party and a Poem

You are invited to share an evening with two painters and a poet with the intention of shedding light on and bringing awareness to mental health and the power of authentic connections. 

Location: Symmetry Lighting: 1955 E. Hastings

Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Time: 5pm-10pm

Bar proceeds, book sale proceeds, and a silent art auction proceeds go to the Kettle Society.

Other: cash bar (cash only), snacks, kids welcome, wheelchair accessible

The three friends, Lori Popadiuk, Alisa Hutton and Laurel Swenson, decided to throw a party to celebrate mental health, appreciate the meaning-making, life-celebrating power of art, and support others getting mentally healthier. This exhibition has been created to shed light on the value of personal struggle and to acknowledge that we all are affected by the stigmas surrounding mental health. Each of us expresses our experiences in an intrinsic way — some paint, write, make music — some simply live in the struggle.

You are invited to share an evening with two painters and a poet with the intention of shedding light on and bringing awareness to mental health and the power of authentic connections.

So many of us are touched by mental illness. More than we usually acknowledge. Either we struggle ourselves, or we have a loved one who struggles. The wider societal impact is immense.

The burden of mental disorders continues to grow with significant impacts on health and major social, human rights and economic consequences in all countries of the world. — World Health Org, 2017

The creatives initiating this exhibition have been deeply touched with their own experiences with mental health. Through their respective mediums they have found great solitude, reflection and healing. Speaking though their chosen mediums they recognize the importance of sharing that with others to build a connected and strong community. They share a fabric that connects them in friendship, art and in life experience.

Social connection is one way to support our own mental health — by coming together we can become stronger and more resilient. Three friends are throwing a party to gather in real life to enjoy art, social connection, and to fundraise for a worthy organization that provides mental health support to some of our most vulnerable citizens. 

Thank you!

Thank you to Symmetry Lighting for providing a venue and so much more. Symmetry lighting believes in supporting their community and creating meaningful relationships with those around them. They are excited to be a resource to designers and architects, to collaborate on projects and to participate in industry events that benefit the A+D community. Outside of the design community, they also participate in events that contribute to local charities and support the arts.

This event gives Symmetry and opportunity to support our local east van community, three amazing artists and the Kettle, which is incredibly important as mental health affects us all in one way or another.

Thank you to Boffo, Five Vineyards Wines by Mission Hill Family Estate, Studio Print Group, Truffles Catering and Off the Rail Brewing for their generous contributions. Thank you to the volunteers for the evening for donating their time.

Thank you to the Kettle Society for all their ongoing work in our community. The Kettle Society provides mental health services and housing to some of the most vulnerable individuals in Metro Vancouver so that they can lead healthier lives.