Santa Barbara's Mental Wellness Center Hosts 26th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival – Santa Barbara Independent

Share Article

Annual Arts Fest Back to Spotlight Local Artists
The enduring connection between art and mental health has served as inspiration for some of our most treasured artists (Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Louis Wain) and the artistic gifts of local creators with mental health disorders will once again be on display at the Mental Wellness Center’s (MWC) 26th annual Mental Health Arts Festival. Celebrating a return to in-person events after a two-year hiatus, the event will follow a similar format to past years, displaying the work of local artists in an array of different mediums, including paintings, drawings, jewelry, poetry, sculpture, and arts and crafts.
While the majority of the artists have been exhibiting for years, there will also be work on display made by members of the Mental Wellness Center’s Fellowship Club, who create their work in the MWC’s art room. This festival gives them the opportunity to showcase their artwork.
This year’s featured artist is Kristine Kelly. Her depiction of an underwater scene is reproduced on the festival poster. Kelly creates fused-glass artwork, often focusing on nature scenes, and was recently awarded first place in the National Glass Expo for a depiction of Yosemite. 
The purpose of the Art Festival is “for artists to display their work and showcase their talent to the community in a way that is positive, productive, and meaningful for them,” explains Darcy Keep, MWC board member and Administrative Director of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Cottage Health. Keep began her career advocating for people impacted by mental health disorders before joining the MWC board more than 20 years ago, and she saw the Arts Festival as a way to continue that goal. “It’s hard to express how much I love and admire the MWC clients…. While others may see their differences or limitations, we at MWC see their artistic gifts, their strengths, and their resilience,” she says. 
The 26th annual Mental Health Arts Festival takes place Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at De la Guerra Plaza. See
Support the Santa Barbara Independent through a long-term or a single contribution.
Brush Fire Caused By Catalytic Converter Burns 2-3 Acres in Buellton
Lompoc Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder After Setting Father on Fire
What’s Up at Fairview Gardens?
Santa Barbara Jail Escapee Caught After Air Support, K-9 Search
Driver Dead After Semi-Truck Plows into Trees on Highway 101
Governor Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara, Monterey Counties
Santa Barbara Police Department’s Head of Detectives Placed on Leave
How a Santa Barbara Mathematician Beat the Casinos 
Driver Dead After Semi-Truck Plows into Trees on Highway 101
Santa Barbara Butcher Shop Victim to ‘Racially Motivated’ Vandalism?
Hot Fun in the Summertime: Dirty Dancing
Fri, Jul 15 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara
26th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival
Sat, Jul 16 11:00 AM
Drinks At Dusk at the Old Mission
Thu, Jul 21 5:30 PM
Santa Barbara
Hot Fun in the Summertime: Thelma & Louise
Fri, Jul 22 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara
28th Annual Sadako Peace Day
Tue, Aug 09 6:00 PM

Please note this login is to submit events or press releases. Use this page here to login for your Independent subscription

Not a member? Sign up here.
Copyright ©2022 Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Reproduction of material from any pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. If you believe an user or any material appearing on is copyrighted material used without proper permission, please click here. Site by Trew Knowledge. Powered by WordPress VIP.
You must be to post a comment.


You might also like

Surviving 2nd wave of corona

Surviving The 2nd Wave of Corona

‘This too shall pass away’ this famous Persian adage seems to be defeating us again and again in the case of COVID-19. Despite every effort