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Fwd: [thinkingandlinking] Two art exhibitions by Bernadine Fox

The first one is Oct 9th at 7:00-pm for:
Art Exhibit Speaks Up for Children of Drug Addicts
Spoilage:  Speaking Out on Behalf of Children of Drug Addicts
by: Bernadine Fox BFA
Bernadine Fox is a visual artist and writer with a BFA from Emily Carr University who is raising her daughter’s child due to drug addiction.  She recently took the Provincial Government to the Human Rights Tribunal in a precedent-setting case over how the Ministry of Family and Child Services is abdicating their responsibility to these children and, therefore, causing unnecessary re-victimization.  For those invested with the power to protect children, drug addiction, trafficking, or manufacturing does not equate to a child at risk despite living in grow-ups full of mould and pesticides, exposed to toxic chemicals in meth labs or the drug culture in general.  Even Canada’a Drug Strategy and Vancouver’s Four Pillars Program have one notable oversight: the drug addict’s child. While their addicted parents are offered a multitude of services such as needles, injection sites, and free treatment, there are few to no services for their children who are literally abandoned to cope on their own while being prepped to become the next generation of addicts. 
In this art exhibit, Fox allows the message to determine the medium and as such includes mixed media, painting, assemblage, photography, and text along with pieces that encompass sounds and smells. A soothing lullaby emanating from a crib mobile becomes a haunting sound when one realizes drug paraphernalia hangs alongside bright baby items.  A nine-foot-by-four-foot painting, The Family Way, recreates a 1957 photograph of one family (see below).  The graffiti-like text recounts what has occurred to each of these “happy” family members (mom, dad, and three young children) during the last fifty some years.  Based on a true story, the fallout from the drug and alcohol abuse of the parents becomes not just evident but profound.  An altered storybook Nana and the Kali-Alley Kitty recounts a compelling true story of a three-year-old child concerns for her mother who is a drug addict and has been missing for nine months.  In It’s Just a Party glasses filled with liquor are located on top of children’s play blocks.  Mommy and Me Kit is a reminiscent of the types of “works” kits put together by addicts except this one also includes a hypodermic needle from a child’s play set.
While not disputing the importance of harm reduction, in this exhibition Fox speaks out for those who are too often incur the consequences of those very programmes and become its collateral damage or Spoilage: their children.  There will be a symposium held at Gallery Gachet in conjunction with this exhibition on Oct 20th (all day) to create dialogue around these important issues.

Join her at the Opening of this Exhibit held in the heart of the DTES
Oct 9th, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Gallery Gachet
88 E. Cordova St.
Vancouver, BC
Info: 604 687-2468

Show runs from Oct 9 to Nov 1 2009
with Sympoisum on Oct 20th

The second one is Oct. 7th at 6:30 pm
Art Exhibition: Transgressions

By: Bernadine Fox BFA

It is estimated that 65% of psychiatrists know of a colleague who has sexually exploited a client (primarily female).  This work explores the emotional damage incurred when a therapist disregards his/her professional boundaries and engages a client in a sexual relationship.  Bernadine has assembled several pieces inside black boxes.  She calls these “memory boxes.”  Chasing Equity is an assortment of items precariously housed in a 4″ x 4″ black wooden box.  Secrets is an old clamp assembled with a real secret in its clutches and positioned in such a manner that it is impossible to open the clamp and/or reveal the secret.  Dirty Laundry refers to what it feels like to disclose abuse that occurs in adulthood when one is supposed to be healing from and, therefore, stopping that very type of abuse.  Pulling the Stakes Outa My Heart is a visual description of the damage caused by a new betrayal.  She Hurt the Smallest Parts of Me is a mixed media piece (see below).  One, Reframed: Still Ugly, is a work-in-progress and is assembled reusing an oil painting of a counsellor who sexually exploited her client by shredding and then weaving that into a new type of art.  Redefinition is a mixed media piece that includes an original hand-pulled print.  In addition, Fox has compiled a brochure that includes a short story entitled, “A Cautionary Tale” that explores the emotional fallout for a victim of sexual exploitation by a counsellor and a bibliography and resource list on the topic.

Join her at the Opening of this Exhibit
Oct 7th, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Britannia Art Gallery
1651 Napier St.
Vancouver  BC
Info: 604 874-2587
Show runs from Oct 7 to Oct 30 2009
More information on my work and my portfolio can be found at www.bernadinefox.ca.

Fwd: New book you might like

Hi friends who lurk and strut in the creative world of mental disorders.

I met a young woman (by my standards, not by yours) who has just published a book whose main character has multiple personality disorder. I have just dipped into it but it is clearly going to be good.

Her web site: www.shanamahaffey.com. Check her out. We are making headway (so to speak).

Strengthening Families Together

Strengthening Families Together

is a free 9-week course for family members
who have a loved one suffering from mental illness.
The course provides participants with the information,
tools and support to help them cope with the challenges they face.

Strengthening Families Together will be offered
at the Royal Columbian Hospital
in New Westminster for 9 consecutive weeks
beginning Tuesday, October 13th, from 7-9pm.

It is open to residents of Burnaby,
New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.
Class size is limited and registration is required.
Contact Francesca at (604)583-9775 or francesca@bcss.org
for more details and to register.

David Dickinson
BC Schizophrenia Society
Regional Manager
Fraser North

306-552A Clarke Road
Coquitlam, BC V3J 0A3


Opportunity to be published

Hi there,
Thre is a website called A Thousand Voices that was designed specifically for consumers to display their art, poetry, music, videos, and any art work at all. Right now the website is built and it just needs to be maintained.

If you, or you know of anyone, who would be interested in helping out with the web design aspect of the web site please email smithruffi@gmail.com. This is an opportunity to embark upon a journey towards bringing consumers a voice.

Also, if you’re interested in getting your works published and getting some recognition and exposure please submit your work to smithruffi@gmail.com


The Ear Call for Submissions

The Ear / Call for Submissions / Deadline Sept 30th 09 / Gachet Publications
We are inviting submissions to the premier issue of “The Ear”, an arts journal from Gachet Publications.
The issue’s theme will be “atypical perspectives”, a celebration of work that looks at reality through
diverse perceptions. We are looking for both literary and visual contributions: stories, poems, essays,
comic strips, musings, photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. The journal’s mandate is to
provide a vehicle for marginalized people to publish their work.
Work should be submitted to theear@gachet.org no later than Sept 30th 2009. Literary Work should be submitted to theear@gachet.org no later than Sept 30th 2009. Literary
submissions should be no longer than 2000 words; please submit them double spaced and include
the word count. Visual submissions should be jpgs with at least 300 dpi resolution. We look forward to
receiving your work.
Gachet Publications is an arm of Gallery Gachet, a non-profit artist run-centre located in Vancouver.
88 e cordova, vancouver
ph. 604-687-2468

REMINDER ‘Frames of Mind’ September 16 Screening (Note special start time of 8:00 pm) – About Face

** Please note this one-time only special start time of 8:00 PM ** The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque’s Frames of Mind film screening will be held this Wednesday at the Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver.
About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – ** 8:00pm **
USA 2009. Director: Mary Katzke
In 1980, at an Alaskan campground, a young mother likely suffering from post-partum psychosis threw her 10-month-old baby into a roaring campfire. Gwendellin Bradshaw sustained 2nd and 3rd-degree burns over most of her body, losing fingers, an ear and half of her scalp. As a young adult Gwendellin sets off to find her estranged mother, beginning what is a five-year journey towards healing and acceptance in this heartrending documentary. View film details and more at www.framesofmind.ca Post-screening discussion with Mary Katzke and Dr. Carolyn Steinberg.

Ms. Katzke is a documentary filmmaker living in Anchorage, Alaska. She holds a degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas and an MFA in Writing and Directing Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1982, she founded Affinityfilms, Inc, a nonprofit production company dedicated to instigating positive change and specializing in social issue documentaries. www.affinityfilms.org Dr. Steinberg is an Infant/Preschool Child Psychiatrist who has been working at Richmond Hospital in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program for the past three years. Trained at the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, she is now a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by Richmond Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. www.framesofmind.ca | Facebook | Twitter

New Writing Course for Consumers!

Get It Write

April 23/09 from 10am – 12pm and April 24/09 from 10am – 4pm

Developed and led by Susan Katz (creator of the Consumer Initiative Fund’s ‘Write from the Heart’ and ‘Recovery Narrative Project’), this 1.5 day writing workshop is for mental health consumers wishing to lift their writing to new levels and learn how to carry on their own writing practice at home. We focus on producing writing; learning creative and fun methods of accessing our words with simple writing exercises and body movements; and developing skills to effectively give, receive, and incorporate feedback from your audience.

This program is a real confidence-builder, and ideal for consumers wishing to go on to conventional writing programs or to create their own writing practice. No previous experience necessary, but do bring a journal of your choice to write in, a bag lunch and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Light refreshments provided.Cost: $100Registration: PeerNetBC 604-733-6186 http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1819631/
Location: PeerNetBC boardroom #306-1212 W. Broadway www.peernetbc.com/

FW: BrainStorm Poetry Contest for Mental Health Consumers

First prize – $250 · Second Prize – $150 · Third Prize – $75 It’s that time again, when poets pick up their pencils and enter the
BrainStorm Poetry Contest for individuals living with mental illness.
You can join in, too, by entering your best poetry by March 20, 2009. The top three poems, judged by a panel of mental health consumers
and family members with literary interests, will be awarded prizes
and be published in Open Minds Quarterly, a literary journal
dedicated to publishing the writing of individuals living with
mental illness. Rules and entry form are available at: www.nisa.on.ca or by calling 1-705-675-9193, ext. 8286 About the contest organizer: The BrainStorm Poetry Contest is organized by Northern Initiative for Social Action,
a consumer-run mental health organization in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a number
of occupational opportunities for people living with mental illness to focus on their
own individual talents and gifts. The BrainStorm Contest is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s psychosocial
literary magazine Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way to support other
consumer/survivors by awarding prizes to the top three winners. ______________________________________________________________________________ You’re receiving this newsletter because we’ve identified you as someone who may be interested in
mental health issues and events. If you’d like to be removed from our mailing list, please respond to this
email or call 1-705-675-9193, ext. 8286. We’d be happy to comply with your wishes.

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‘Frames of Mind’ February 18 Screening – This Dust of Words

‘Bag for a Bag’ Winter Clothing Drive – Feb 18: 700pm
Receive a free bag of popcorn when you donate a bag of clothes at the screening of This Dust of Words.

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present

This Dust of Words

Wednesday, February 18 – 7:30 PM
USA 2007. Director: Bill Rose

A haunting, elegiac documentary to thwarted promise, This Dust of Words traces the life story of Elizabeth Wiltsee from a young writer of uncompromising talent to a lonely death at the age of 50, homeless and apparently beset by paranoid schizophrenia. With an IQ of 200, Elizabeth taught herself to read at the age of four and was translating classical Greek by the time she was ten. She attended Stanford University, where she was lauded as a student of unlimited potential. After graduation, the world could have been her oyster, but she shunned academe, and chose to live on the fringes, working as an au pair in Europe, in university libraries and as a proofreader. All this time, she kept writing and reading prodigiously – sending off numerous plays and novels to publishers (all of which were rejected) – as her mental illness insidiously progressed. In 1994, not managing very well, and unable to work, she moved to the town of Watsonville, taking a spare room in a little house. When she was evicted for erratic behaviour, Liz ended up on the streets, and took to sleeping on the steps of the local Catholic Church, a number of whose members reached out to her. In 1999, Liz left Watsonville, telling another homeless person, “I’m going home.” No one knew where she had gone until seven months later, when her skeletal remains were found near Pacheco State Park, a wilderness area some sixty miles away. In tracing the mystery of her life, Rose skillfully interweaves archival footage of Liz at Stanford with Wiltsee’s own writings and interviews with Stanford professors, parishioners from St Patrick’s and Liz’s brother, Chris. Colour, digibeta video, 62 mins. Post-screening discussion with This Dust of Words director, Bill Rose, and Judy Graves, Coordinator of the City of Vancouver’s Tenant Assistance Program. Bill Rose has been producing and directing documentaries and short films for more than 20 years for numerous clients. Rose has worked as an American Film Institute Directing Intern to filmmaker Martin Ritt, whose projects include the 1979 film Norma Rae and the 1990 film Stanley and Iris. Rose’s short films have been seen nationally on the Arts & Entertainment Network. Rose is the recipient of numerous film awards, including a Cine Golden Eagle, five Telly Awards and multiple Communicator Awards. His first feature documentary, The Loss of Nameless Things, has been named “Best Documentary” four times and has appeared in more than 20 film festivals. Rose lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and family. Judy Graves, Coordinator of the City of Vancouver’s Tenant Assistance Program. Ms. Graves has worked with Vancouver’s street population for more than 30 years. In 2005, she began a pilot project to get homeless people off the streets, one by one. The Vancouver Homeless Outreach Project has been so successful it was recently expanded; 80% of the people it has helped are still in housing. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

“This Dust of Words is a profound film about a tragic life.” – GEIST Magazine

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. For more information, see
www.framesofmind.ca $9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
Advance tickets available at www.cinematheque.bc.ca
24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM