Article updated at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27:
Over the next month, Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ — formerly Headquarters Counseling Center — will hold “The Art of Hope,” an art showcase, to wrap with a live auction on Dec. 4.
A number of local artists will have works on display at the Vibe Studio, 1014 Massachusetts St. The gallery will be open to the public at no cost from 7-9 p.m. on Final Fridays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 26, and each Wednesday, beginning Nov. 3.
The live auction will be online and in person on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets to the online event are free; a limited number of tickets to the in-person event are available for $75 each. Proceeds from the events benefit KSPHQ.
“Artistic expression is such a beautiful way to open up some of these difficult discussions about mental health and suicide that we usually shy away from,” Roxie Lytle, development officer for KSPHQ, said in a news release Wednesday. “Each piece for the showcase exudes hope and determination, and we really can’t wait for the rest of our community to see it!”
Artists in the showcase include Shaina Masuch, Becki Dick, Sara Gillum, Kelly A Bohling, Jennifer Stock, Samantha Stopple, Michelle Derusseau, Kassidee Quaranta, Toni Brou, and many more, according to the release.
“It was really important to me to host a show with a huge diversity of artists, styles, and mediums,” Lytle said in the release. “Lawrence is familiar with some of the work featured from long time established artists, but also creators that we’re thrilled to introduce to the community.”
Note: The Lawrence Times is a sponsor of this event.
Get mental health help in Lawrence
These resources are available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs immediate mental health help:
• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: 785-843-9192
• Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (formerly Headquarters): 785-841-2345
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988; veterans, press 1
• SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)