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Healing in Colour

Stories of race, faith and mental health.

Mental Health Week is May 3 – 9, and a new art exhibit is highlighting the intersection of race, faith and mental health.

Healing in Colour features “Black, Indigenous, and peoples of colour artists from around the world, [and] the show highlights their experiences, wounds, and journeys of healing,” as stated on the event’s website.

This month’s issue of CC features work from some of the artists featured at the exhibit.

Rev. Milissa Ewing, pastor at Redwood Park Church in Thunder Bay, Ont., is passionate about seeing people reconciled to God, one another, to creation, and themselves. Her piece, “New Life” (acrylic paint on canvas) was inspired by a traumatic time in her life, and God’s promise for healing.

“God grieved with me and whispered his promise that out of my sorrow, new life would emerge.”

Dorothy Leung is an illustrator from outside Toronto. In her art, she strives to “evoke empathy, nostalgia, sentimentality and wonder.” Her piece “Stigma” (gouache, pencil and digital) “explores the topic of stigma as projections and shadows – the stark contrasts of how we present ourselves and the darkness in which we also hide.” 

Healing in Colour is an initiative of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and it runs from May 5 – June 11 both in-person and online at the Dal Schindell Art Gallery at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

Read Angela’s interview with artist Brian Liu, another featured artist in the Healing in Colour exhibit.

  • Amy is CC’s Features Editor and a freelance writer and communicator with a degree in Journalism and 13 years’ experience at the Presbyterian Record. Amy highlights stories about community-building, families and personal faith, along with bigger, in-the-news issues that challenge, teach and inspire. She lives west of Toronto with her two daughters and three guinea pigs.

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