Isaac Crespo, ExtraÃ±a procesion
May 10 â€“ June 6
The National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI), an organization dedicated to collecting, displaying and selling of art by persons in recovery from mental illness, will open its 25th annual exhibition on Friday May 10 2013, 6:00 pmÂ atÂ BORDERS Picture Framing Gallery 1601 SW 1st Street Miami, FL 33135. All 43 artworks featured in the exhibition will be available for sale, with the proceeds benefiting the artists and NAEMIâ€™s goals of helping artists from around the world.
Evelio Calzado, Untitled
â€œMental illness has been in the news a lot recently. We want to blame it for many things it is not. Crimes are committed by many people with no mental illness all the time and more people than you think are receiving therapy or taking medication for mental illnesses and live normal lives. Art therapy is one way of bringing happiness to all people and NAEMI (National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill) has been promoting that for over 25 years. By holding the exhibition during May, we hope to bring additional attention to the struggle of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness,â€ said NAEMIâ€™s Founder Juan Martin. â€œOur ultimate goal is to help these artists be recognized and fight the stigma that so often accompanies mental illness.â€
Lucia Ballester, Mambo
Featuring the works of artists from, Paraguay, Chile, Cuba , Spain and the United States, the exhibition is sponsored by Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council and the Miami Dade county commissioners, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen.