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NAMI Art Show and Auction Focuses on Gratitude
Maija Eerkes plans to embellish this photo with lyrics from “Amazing Grace” as her contribution to the art show.
Thursday, February 27, 2020



Check out new art work created by your friends and neighbors. Enjoy some refreshments. And consider some new art for your wall as a way to benefit the mental wellness of the valley.

NAMI-WRV will hold its fourth annual Journey to Wellness Art Show and Auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Ketchum innovation Center, 180 6th St. W.

And submissions are still being taken. In fact, there will be a free painting class organized by the Senior Connection from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for those who would like to create a piece in a group setting.

The event is being chaired by valley artists Poo Wright Pulliam, Marie Stewart, Kirk Anderson and David Rau.

This year’s theme is Gratitude, with art work designed to depict things that people are grateful for.

The mission: To make a difference with the one in five adults and one in four children experiencing mental health challenges. The effort will also address suicide, which is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 through 34 and increasing.

With 19 suicides in the valley since 2013, organizers note, the mission couldn’t be more critical.

Sun Valley resident Maija Eerkes became familiar with the work of NAMI-WRV through the Wood River Women’s Foundation, which in the past has funded some of its support groups and educational classes that are offered free to the community.

She is embellishing a photo she took of lawn chairs lined up on the snow outside Lookout Restaurant in January. She will letter some of the lyrics from “Amazing Grace” around the malt.

“I am submitting something because I’m a strong believer of their mission,” she said. “It’s one of NAMI’s important grassroots fundraisers.”

Those who would like to donate a piece can do so by dropping off submissions at the NAMI office at the Community Campus or at Ketchum Innovation Center through Friday, Feb. 28. Art will be displayed on the NAMI website at  from March 2 through March 5.



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