PORTLAND, Maine – “Cabin Fever” is an art show with a difference: It has been described as a testament to the healing power of art. The traveling exhibit showcases the work of about 40 different artists, who have all been diagnosed with some form of mental illness.
Cabin Fever features more than 50 works of art. Just as important as the art itself, though, is the back story – how the creative process has helped the artist.
“It’s really a celebration of recovery,” says Pat McKenzie, “using art and creativity for those who are living with persistent and serious mental illness and/or addiction.” McKenzie is vice president of Opportunity Alliance, a Portland-based community action agency that helps individuals and families with mental illness and other problems.
The group collaborates every year with two other non-profits – Sweetser and Shalom House – to produce the Cabin Fever art show, which opens next