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Life Around Art – Mark Junor, Solo Exhibit

Photography and poetry are combined in Mark Junor’s work. The images are two different narratives telling the story of Mark’s singular life. “My life has always been around or involved in art. There are four other artists in my family, mostly painters and one sculptor. I began my own journey through art with drawing but soon switched to poetry. It is through words that expressed who I am, and what place I held in the world." Congratulations John!

9Muses Annual Cookout

We would like to thank the United Methodist Church for their kind support in providing delicious food and beautiful music to members of 9Muses Art Center. 9Muses honored them with some of the center's original artwork.

The Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida and 9Muses Art Center would like to thank the Korean United Methodist Church for their continued support.

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Reflective Living

Mythological Creatures
The Artwork of Joseph Hecker June 15th – July 2nd, 2018
I was diagnosed with bi-polar and later I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Even though the illness tried to control me, I fought back. In fact, I succeeded in my ability to stay well and stable. This is when I found 9Muses. 9MusesArtCenter has helped me to not only grow as an artist but as a person. I am thankful and grateful to have the love and support of the staff and membership. They help me to separate myself from my illness so I can move forward and be successful as a person. 

Metamorphosis Magnificence
The Artwork of Skip Gauvreau

In his own words:
In spite of having been born into a traumatic environment, I survived. When Therapists gave me no hope, I forged on. I lived most of my life in darkness but held onto my faith to pull me through the worst times. By isolating myself, very few people knew that I struggled with depression, social anxiety and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). 

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John McDonald - The Human Condition 
Solo Exhibit

Figurative and portraiture art in watercolor, John McDonald imagines colors in his head. He ascribes rhythmic motion in much of his work. Continual line contour drawings are John’s specialty. John begins with rough sketches, sometimes thumbnail sized.

In his own words:
"I've been at 9Muses Art Center for four consecutive years. I started coming in February 2014. I enjoy coming to 9Muses because the staff, members, peer specialists, and, facilitators are very open and helpful and listen to stories of my past, recent issues, events coming up, and, future goals. 

“Little Gems” exhibit by Shane Jefferson

Shane began to draw at the age of 5. The first instruction he received, along with lots of encouragement, was from his mother. Later on in school, it was his favorite subject and he's been drawing ever since.

This event was a huge success! Shane has been attending 9Muses for many years. HIs subject matter is mostly inanimate objects, like vehicles and dwellings. In many of these pieces, you’ll notice the subject matter has been cropped in interesting ways to draw the viewer in for a closer look.

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Wellness Games

Chamberlain College of Nursing 

Students from Chamberlain College of Nursing presented 9Muses members with games focused on healthy living. Self-care bingo contained bingo cards with healthy daily living activities including, exercise, and actions for improved self-esteem and quality of life.

The nutrition table informed members of daily nutritional requirements for healthy living and provided health food snacks.

The game of recall offered members a chance to improve memory and increase attention span. Numbered bags contained objects inside. Each player chose two numbered bags. As the game progressed members had to choose bags containing like objects for a higher score. The game included gift bags including self-care items. We wish to thank the students for their hard work and dedication. It was a wonderful event.

Wilton Manors Presents

Proclamation to MHASEFL

Wilton Manors lights up Green for Mental Health Awareness Month and presents Mental Health America with proclamation supporting people with mental illness in their community!

"Thank you to all for your support, we had a good turnout "
Paul Jaquith 

Soft Impressions
The Artwork of Linda Gold-Gacek
On display until May 10th, 2019

From your first meeting with this Chicago Native, Linda Gold Gacek is someone who likes to see, hold, eat, and listen to life. She began to attend 9Muses Art Center around two and a half years ago, first attending support groups, then added art to her activities. Eventually, she was caught up with the idea of painting everyday home objects.

“I like to call my work Whimsical Expressionism.” It’s more than whimsy, the painted pillows make the art space quieter, contemplative. While the images express a sense of ease. Linda is influenced by the Impressionists, in particular, the artist Frederick Frieseke, an American impressionist.

Her landscapes are a reflection of early mornings taking in the world from her sun porch. About the production of the work, Linda is animated. “I get a kick out of it. I like it more than canvases… “Life should have a sense of joy and not be taken too seriously. I hope my joy is translated to the viewer.” Above all, Linda Gold Gacek hopes the work makes you smile.

Reflective Living
(Nova Southeastern University Occupational Therapy Program)

We wish to thank Nova's Occupational Therapy students for their wonderful final project. The project focused on 9Muses members in an Adaptive Response activity to help familiarize them with special techniques for continuing recovery.

Students: Kiera Linton, Anna Kreger, Devir Galindo, Emily Janson