Living Mentally Well with Art

Written by Estero Bay News

June 10, 2020

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) presents the Opening Minds Art Show Preview, an online display featuring the artwork of nine artists, along with interviews, biographies, and interactive links.
The Opening Minds Art Show is presented bi-annually, and was initially set to open for public viewing in May of 2020. Due to COVID-19, the Opening Minds art show has been postponed until May 2021. TMHA’s website currently features nine of the participating artists at Designed by TMHA intern Krystal Grisham and San Luis Obispo web design and digital marketing company, LIFTOFF, the artist webpage launched on May 26 as Mental Health Awareness Month came to an end. Each artist page on the Opening Minds Online Preview includes interviews that dive into the experience of self-expression through creative work.

Opening Minds is a community art show in celebration of living mentally well. The show was first developed in 1995 to offer people with mental illness an avenue for personal expression and a venue to share art with the public. It has since expanded to include the entire mental health community: those in recovery, their family and friends, service providers, and more.
In 2018, the exhibition was visited over 7,000 times. Opening Minds is funded in part by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and cosponsored by TMHA’s Peer Advisory and Advocacy Team (PAAT).
For more information about the Opening Minds Art Show Preview, contact Caity McCardell at

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