Starting Wednesday, Aug. 24, and running through Saturday, Sept. 17, City Lights hosts “Crazy Making,” a one-woman show by Sherri Wolfgang, of Westport, about working through her family’s struggle with mental illness. Gallery director Suzanne Kachmar says the non-profit has made a conscious effort to face difficult topics. She told the Connecticut Post that as a nonprofit organization that functions much like a community arts center, the gallery’s mandate is to serve and reflect community concerns.
A reception for the artist takes place Thursday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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Wolfgang says that for her, creating art has been “a catharsis to let out what was happening to my family, and through this horrific and tragic journey, painting became my sanity and kept my well-being.
“The process of painting and creating art purges my emotional, physical and financial connections to mental illness.” Although the illness was not her own, but that of a very close family member, “it became apart of my being and infected me and my daughters in every way possible.”
“It is time,” Wolfgang adds, “to rid families and individuals of the shame caused by the social stigma attached to mental illness and bring awareness to the fact that we all know someone who struggles with this.”
Kachmar adds that “through rich drawings and paintings layered with paint, resin and writing, the viewer will be submerged into the artist’s state of mind and willingness to overcome the unknown, uncharted territory that she found herself and her family.
“Wolfgang has a strong command of the figure, and melds a variety of high energetic applications of marks, line and brush strokes to create bold works on paper and wood,” the gallery director adds.