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“The Lighthouse” by featured artist Arthur Thompson Jr. will be on display through May 31.

Transitions-Mental Health Association will hold its annual “Art of Recovery” show through May 31, at 235 E. Inger Drive in Santa Maria. Local artists will have their work on display from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The event was started in 1995 to offer people with mental illness a way to express themselves and to provide a venue to share art, feelings and thoughts with the general public.

The words of this year’s featured artist Arthur Thompson Jr., capture the essence of Art of Recovery, a community art show in celebration of living mentally well.

“Art can help you get through major tragedies in your life. I know for me, it was a gateway to start enjoying life again,” Thompson said. His impressionistic piece titled “The Lighthouse” will be on display for the duration of the show.

This year’s show, presented by TMHA and the Healing Arts Council of Santa Barbara County, has expanded to include the entire mental health community, encompassing those in recovery, their family and friends, and service providers.

The show takes place at the Recovery Learning Center at Rancho Hermosa. Attendees will also have the opportunity to preview the 200 square-foot space that will soon be a retail art gallery.

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Frank Ricceri, Associate Director for Northern Santa Barbara County says, “Once permits and construction is completed, the retail space will provide employment opportunities. We are hopeful that TMHA’s mission of educating the public about the positive side of mental health can be showcased along with the artwork.”

TMHA is a nonprofit organization that operates 27 programs reaching more than 2,000 people in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

For more than 30 years, TMHA has helped provide housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones.

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