Library Lobby Exhibit: Weaving Wellness

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Library Lobby Exhibit: Weaving Wellness

By: Lori Williamson | September 14, 2018

Weaving Wellness: Art, Community, and Mental Health Resilience is the new library exhibit curated by artist Martha Bird. To highlight the acquisition of two baskets made by her earlier this year, Bird was asked to engage in creating a show that paired and explored objects from the museum’s collection with her baskets. The result is a display that creates conversation connecting wellness, community, and art.

The heart of this exhibit highlights the relationship between creativity and resilience. Elements of Bird’s life are weaved into each of the five display cases, which connect her life as an artist, nurse, and her personal experience living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The intention is to bridge the past with the present and highlight the vitality of the human spirit when confronted with challenges.

It is on view now until mid-November. And don't miss the public reception with Martha Bird on September 25!