National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill Opens 2013 Exhibition in Miami Today

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 today, May 10th at Borders Picture Framing Gallery in Miami (1601 SW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33135). The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through June 3, 2013. Free.

Lucia Ballester - "Mental 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," said NAEMI's Founder Juan Martin. "Our ultimate goal is to help these artists be recognized and fight the stigma that so often accompanies mental illness."

The exhibition features works of artists from Paraguay, Chile, Cuba, Spain and the United States. All 43 artworks featured in the exhibition will be available for sale, with the proceeds benefiting the artists and NAEMI's goals of helping artists from around the world.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NAEMI Annual Exhibition will run at Borders Picture Framing Gallery, 1601 SW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33135. Ph: 305.649.0324 or visit www.naemi.org.

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