Art Gallery Has an Impact!


“The Art of Recovery” show held at Stepping Stones on April 11th and 12th was a successful one. We would like to thank all the artists who submitted art work for the show that made the event possible.

The art gallery, which was part of The Rockford Area Arts Council’s 12th Annual Spring Art Scene, featured  works by individuals who are receiving mental health services.

NAMI Northern Illinois sponsored the art show. There were 49 individuals who submitted 180 pieces of art and the gallery was visited by over 286 people.

In addition to providing the opportunity for artists to display and sell their art, the goals of the show were to demonstrate how art impacts recovery from mental illness, reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, provide a venue for collaboration with other local mental health agencies and help our community better understand the value art creation has in the recovery process.

I Think Continually

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields
See how these names are feted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Stephen Spender