Fine art and mental health

Kawartha Art Gallery in partnership with Curated presents an online fundraising auction of a selection of original and reproduction fine artwork.

Dream, Believe, Inspire ~ REACH for Recovery is a fundraising auction presented by Kawartha Art Gallery in raising funds for REACH for Recovery, a Lindsay-based, peer support program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge that provides services to people aged 16 and older, living with mental health concerns.

We live in turbulent times, reads a media release, and compacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; the issue of mental health is not only relevant but crucial. Art therapy helps patients express their emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression and cope with recovery.

Statistically proven, arts participation is associated with better overall health and mental health.

Canadians’ Arts Participation, Health, and Well-Being, released in February 2021, probed the relationships between 15 arts, culture, and heritage activities 15 activities and aspects of health and well-being. The research shows important linkages between the arts and health, linkages that are particularly important within the current pandemic and eventual post-pandemic recovery, with a strong connection between cultural participation and overall health and solid evidence of a connection between cultural participation and mental health.

Read the HEALTH results, HERE!      Read the MENTAL HEALTH results, HERE!

 The Dream, Believe, Inspire ~ REACH for Recovery online auction runs from Monday April 4 until Tuesday April 12. Bidding opens on Monday April 4, 2022, at 7 p.m.

The collection of artworks can be viewed online, and bids placed at:

The works are also available for viewing during the Gallery’s hours of Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 4 pm. Winning bidders can pick up their paintings by appointment at Kawartha Art Gallery located on the second floor of The Lindsay Public Library at 190 Kent Street West in Lindsay, Ontario. 

Delivery is only available if within delivery area. 

For more information, contact: Susan Taylor, executive director, Kawartha Art Gallery at 705-324-1780.