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Inside 43215: Breath of Fresh A.I.R.

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Headlines about mental illness splashed across traditional and social media last week, and people who thought they would never, ever talk about the subject were suddenly talking - a lot. Well, Fresh A.I.R. (Artists in Recovery) Gallery provides a platform and voice for those recovering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Great stuff happens in this art gallery, and it's right downtown.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery exhibits the works of people affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, Fresh A.I.R. educates the community and works to break down the stigma of mental illness by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Southeast Inc., a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare and homeless services, operates the gallery.

Tomorrow, August 20, Fresh A.I.R. invites you for the opening reception of artist Chase Bowman's exhibit Speaking In Tongues. The reception runs from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, located at 131 N. High Street. If you can't make the reception, take in Bowman's artwork in the gallery Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The exhibition will run until November 14.

Bowman is a recent MFA graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design and a current Gabr Fellow traveling around the world.

"Speaking In Tongues uses the backdrop and cultural memories of my native West Virginia to communicate the ways that I use colorful, cartoonish, and outlandish proxies to situate myself in my own life by turning the situations that have impacted me into stories that I can share with others," says Bowman.