Art’s role in building a healthy community is at the center of the Silvermine Art Center’s exhibition, “HeART & Mind,” on view Oct. 31 through Jan. 12, exploring art’s healing power and acting as a catalyst for conversations on mental health and substance abuse issues. On Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m., Silvermine in New Canaan hosts an opening reception and keynote lecture by Cheryl Bundy, chaplain and spiritual counselor at Silver Hill Hospital. The lecture is one of many community programs and workshops in visual thinking, art, music and dance therapy offered in conjunction with the exhibition.
“We believe that creativity can nurture and sustain lives worth living and we are emphasizing the fact that this is an art exhibition putting together works by an exceptionally talented array of artists,” said Robin Jaffee Frank, director of the Silvermine Arts Center. The artists’ work helps both artist and viewer to understand themselves and engage in a more authentic way with others, she noted. “Not only does making art help us express our feelings and communicate and heal us but also by coming together to look at art, we encourage our visitors to explore their feelings, perception and imagination in response to works of art.”