Great Happening:

An art exhibit to raise suicide-prevention awareness

Reception is Nov. 17

On display during November 2017 in the Ashtabula Arts Center gallery is “Hope in Artistry: Reducing Stigma and Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention,” presented by the Ashtabula County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Ashtabula County LOSS Team.

This juried exhibit features a variety of mediums submitted by artists from across Ashtabula County, and the purpose of the exhibit is to reduce stigma, raise awareness for suicide prevention, and commemorate National Survivors of Suicide Day (November 18, 2017). There will be a public reception Friday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. in the Arts Center gallery.

Illustration above: “Healing Hands” by Judy Campbell, part of “Hope in Artistry: Reducing Stigma & Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention” at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

“In each of the last two years, Ashtabula County has lost 18 individuals to suicide,” says exhibit coordinator Bridget Sherman. “That puts us well over both the state and national suicide rates. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death across all demographic categories, but especially among younger and older Ashtabula County residents. We know that those friends and loved ones who are left behind after a suicide loss are placed at a greatly elevated risk of dying by suicide themselves and are in need of awareness, intervention, and support. ‘Hope in Artistry: Reducing Stigma and Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention’ will offer an artistic outlet for survivors and community artists to show support for survivors, raise awareness, and start conversations about suicide loss and prevention.”

The Ashtabula Arts Center gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as before performances and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free.

Ohio Arts Council helped fund the arts center with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Carl Feather is lodging tax administrator for Ashtabula County and the founder of The Wave newsletter. He is 25-year newspaper industry veteran and frequent contributor to West Virginia's Goldenseal Magazine. He enjoys photography and videography, which he shares at his blog,, and his Feather Cottage You Tube channel.

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