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STIGMA Art Exhibit Coming to the Nada Bar in July

The STIGMA Art Exhibit – Misconceptions of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders will be making its way to Cleveland this July, 2015.

Co-directed and curated by Kyle Schalow, and Big Elephant, in collaboration with Young People in Recovery – Cleveland, STIGMA features a collection of local artists and artists from around the world including Greece, Australia, Canada and more.

The art exhibit is currently underway in Toledo, OH and will make its way to Cleveland, OH. The Nada Bar in Rocky River will be one of the hosts of this event before its makes its way through to Columbus, Washington DC, and into New York in 2016.

Featured artists include Cleveland resident Derek Hess who included signed prints and limited edition for “Suicide Note” artwork, Kyle Schalow whose artwork is part of the permanent collection at the Andy Warhol Museum and John Stember who worked with GIA – a Supermodel who died from Heroin Overdose. Other artists include Kate Gillie, Scott Radke, Joe Kapferer Erin Lung, Bust Rod Project, Gracie Becker, and many more.

The important point of the STIGMA art exhibit is to defy misunderstandings of substance abuse and mental health disorders as well as individuals affected by it.

Tracy Morrow from Big Elephant says, “Art is a common denominator, it moves everyone. Starting from a common point such as this, and opening up the conversation about mental health and substance abuse, is more important today than ever. Reducing stigma will increase recovery rates for those affected and their loved ones and will create a healthier community for us all. We at Big Elephant are thrilled and honored to be able to co-curate the Cleveland leg of the STIGMA Art Exhibition journey.”

The Nada Bar is located at 20130 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH. 44116. This non-alcoholic restaurant and bar is open for business during Mondays through Thursdays from 6pm to 1am. It extends its business hours until 2am during Fridays and Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.

The exhibit is free for viewing and some art is available for purchase, with proceeds being donated to further the work of the STIGMA Art Show and the combined mission of Big Elephant and Young People in Recovery to reduce stigma and promote recovery. A preview of STIGMA can be found at the Big Elephant website.