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Exhibit: The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human


April 22–July 8, 2016, Blakely Hall, artEAST, and Swedish Issaquah

Curated by Kate Vrijmoet

The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, the provocative, nationally acclaimed art exhibit designed to explore the stigma of mental illness, is coming to Issaquah. Click to see the full list of events! The artwork itself is displayed slightly off kilter — a little too high, a little too low and not quite level — to convey the idea that people living with mental illness inhabit the world differently from those better able to observe socially constructed norms. Join us, and join in the conversation.

The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human was conceptualized and curated by three award-winning artists living in the Pacific Northwest. In the exhibit, twenty-six Pacific Northwest artists mix media to express how mental illness affects their loved ones, or themselves. In addition to the visual displays, The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, includes an on-going series of talks and performances about mental illness and its effects.

“By talking about mental illness, we reduce the shame surrounding it, and create a space where the prejudices and the fears we all have can give way to the compassion and the humanity we all have,” said Kate Vrijmoet, The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human Curator and contributing artist.

The stigma surrounding mental illness is powerful and pervasive. Shame and silence often hinders people from getting help and sharing their struggle with friends and family. Yet, people with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Please join us for the initial opening reception, Friday April 22 at Blakely Hall, and the grand opening reception, Friday April 29, 2016 in the Issaquah Senior Center followed by a reception at artEAST Art Center. Speakers will include Ellen Forney, author of Marbles; Issaquah’s Mayor Butler; Robin Callahan, Director of Issaquah School Foundation, and Kate Vrijmoet, exhibit curator. Then, join us at artEAST, where Ellen will be signing copies of her best-selling book. There will be refreshments and live music by the Issaquah School District Evergreen Orchestra String Quartet, including a selection from composers with known mental illnesses.

You can purchase a general show catalog for $10, or a special limited edition catalog for $24.

Exhibiting Artists: artEAST

Jackie Barnett, Patti Bowman, Chris Crites, Ezra Dickinson, Jody Jolderosma, Elsie Mahler-Scharff, Holly Ballard Martz, Lynn Schirmer, June Sekiguchi, Ann Teplick, Kate Vrijmoet

Exhibiting Artists: Blakely Hall

Jennifer Ament, Patti Bowman, Monique Catino, Chris Crites, Emily Dunkelberger, Rebekah Tenbroek Hansen, Larissa Herbert, Melissa Herzog, Bonnie Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, Becky Kaufman, John William Keedy, Kristi Kincheloe, Holly Ballard Martz, Leslie Nan Moon, Victoria Raymond, Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger, Carol Ross, Lynn Schirmer, June Sekiguchi, Ann Teplick, Kate Vrijmoet, Season Yoshida

Exhibiting Artists: Swedish Issaquah

Jackie Barnett, Rebekah Tenbroek Hansen, Jody Joldersma, John William Keedy, Holly Ballard Martz, June Sekiguchi, Nicki Sucec, Ann Teplick, Michelle de la Vega, Kate Vrijmoet


Workshop, Friday June 10, artEAST, 6–8 pm

Ekphrastic poetry workshop with Ann Teplick

Artist Talk, Wednesday, June 15, artEAST, 6:30–7:30 pm

Michelle de la Vega presents outcomes of social change art, made possible by an Artist Trust Fellowship Grant

See the full list of events associated with this exhibition here.


Issaquah Schools Foundation

This exhibit is made possible by sponsorship from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.



Permanent link to this article: http://arteast.org/2016/03/exhibit-incredible-intensity/

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