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October 14, 2013

Exhibit to feature works by recovering artists

JOHNSTOWN — An upcoming area art exhibit will showcase the talents and strengths of people in recovery from mental illness.

Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc., in collaboration with Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, will host “The Art of Recovery” from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.  

The organizations are working together to help reduce the stigma of mental illness in the Cambria County region.   

The artists are participants of the local Goodwill Industries’ Recovery and Community Integration Services.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with the artists and discuss the stories behind their recovery art.  

Phyllis J. Bandstra, president and CEO of the Conemaugh Goodwill Industries, said the exhibit is meant to be a celebration of creativity and expression of self through art by individuals coping with mental illness.

“Our recovery process teaches focusing on what’s positive, communication and integration. This event encompasses all of these,” Bandstra said.

Bottle Works executive director Rosemary Pawlowski said the center has collaborated with Goodwill Industries before and welcomed the opportunity to do so again.

“We are happy to host this event and to display the creations of talented individuals,” Pawlowski said.

Goodwill’s state-licensed Recovery and Community Integration Services assists individuals 18 and older who are recovering from a serious mental illness to obtain the skills and support they need to achieve independence in the community.

Services are described as choice-based, person-centered programs that empower individuals throughout their recovery journey.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 536-3536, ext. 229.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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