In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, Common Folk and Arts in Recovery for Youth present a group show by youth artists Rachael Bentz, Sophia Bilia, Jack Kelly, Ayah Lehtonen and Aidan Spaniol, from the AIRY Step Up program. ‘Elemental’ showcases a diverse body of paintings on canvas and paper, connected by the process of using art as therapy. The Elements of Step Up are based in Nature – releasing negative emotions through Fire, balancing emotions by grounding to the Earth, calming and cooling through Water, and accessing wisdom and whimsy through Air and Wind.
The young artists hope to convey how art is its own universe, malleable and changing as we change. Art has the power to humble us or make us feel like gods. Art materials stretch us beyond reality while nature’s elements offer insight into our personalities and relationships.
The show will be on view from August 29 – September 26, 2019 at Commonfolk, at 70 Main St, North Adams. Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) is an arts based youth suicide prevention program. For more info visit www.airyedu.com.