“My Name is Frances” Artist’s Reception & Display at Prairiewoods
- 4 - 6 p.m.
- All Ages
May is mental health awareness month, a time for fostering conversation and action around mental health issues and offering opportunities for holistic healing. Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) is honored to present the compelling visual narrative of an Iowa woman whose story went untold until her granddaughter’s moving images brought it into the light. “My Name is Frances,” by local artist and Prairiewoods’ friend Kathy Schumacher, will be on display in the Prairiewoods Center during the month of May. Join Kathy for an Artist’s Reception on May 8, beginning with an artist’s presentation at 4:30 p.m. Kathy will explain how, in 11 large charcoal images, she has recreated the devastating journey of her grandmother through the Iowa Asylum for the Insane in Independence in the 1940s. Kathy’s research of her grandmother’s medical records uncovered statements such as “they left me alone for hours” and “she had 21 electric shock treatments with no improvement.” These entries helped the artist connect deeply with her grandmother’s pain and have spoken powerfully to many who have viewed the collection in recent years and suffered the effect of mental health illness in their own families. Her art will help heal and catalyze us on the way toward greater compassion and action. Subject matter is appropriate for high school or college students, mental health professionals, pastoral counselors, book clubs, art enthusiasts and anyone interested in issues of mental health. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted to help Prairiewoods continue to offer spiritual and educational programs for holistic health and healing. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.