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Self-Care: A Mental Health Journey Through COVID-19

  • Dates: October 4, 2021 - November 5, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Venue: Frank G. Weems Gallery
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Phone: 919.760.8414
  • Times: 9am-5pm
  • Admission: Free


Running Dates: October 12-November 7, 2021

The Frankie G. Weems Gallery is pleased to present Self Care: A Mental Health Journey Through COVID-19, an exhibition dedicated to mental health as it relates to COVID 19. The exhibition features Julia Caston, a practicing artist with a diagnosed anxiety disorder, who creates empathetic experiences, events, and objects.

Self-Care features two, thirty-foot scrolls representing a living timeline encompassing Caston’s experience with mental health and personal reflection. With the completion of her most ambitious drawing project, Caston developed a nuanced way of coping with the realities of COVID-19 and the impact on her mental health. As an artist previously driven by in-person interactions, Caston adapted her creative process through the virtual world by communicating digitally with her peers. This project resulted in collaborative coloring pages and a soft sculpture installation that reflect the artists’ unfiltered thoughts and emotions during the pandemic.

Meredith College’s Gallery Director, Molly Hull, and Caston expanded the scope of the coloring pages project to include local artists and Meredith students. A diverse set of ten artists were chosen in an attempt to create a sense of relatability and connection with the larger community during these unprecedented times. The participating artists include: Clarence Heyward, Rebekah Evans, Jasmine Best, Yuko Taylor, King Godwin, Lydia Gunn, Kristin Morin, Elizabeth Kemple, Kasey Vandenboom and Isabel Ruiz.

For Julia, this exhibition documents the rediscovery of her personal joy and how it relates to her art-making process. The events associated with this exhibition promote self-care and mental health awareness. They include: an in-person, registration only Opening Reception, a Zoom Gallery Talk, a Four-Part Art Therapy Session, a Zoom Panel Discussion, and NAMI-Wake County sponsored event for Meredith students. Please click on the information under “Exhibition Events” for more information.

The exhibition includes accessibility with the use of audio descriptions of artwork, materials for visitors with low vision, tactile experiences, and Braille labels. For more information or to inquire about accommodations, please contact the Gallery Director, Molly Hull at hullmary@meredith.edu919.760.8414.

This presentation is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Agency.

Registration links:
In-Person, Registration only Opening Reception on Oct. 12 from 5-7pm: https://forms.gle/MtyF4Si4gg7YDgmk8

Zoom Gallery Talk on Oct. 19 from 7-8pm:

Panel Discussion Registration on Oct. 26 from 6:30-7:30pm: https://meredith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SdCdIVboQFSm1_BZJ3HSfQ

Art Therapy Sessions: https://forms.gle/ueiAqFuoY9zaAVLy8