Don’t miss People Incorporated’s 22nd Artability Art Show & Sale, coming up Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 at the Great Hall. This fun event is free and open to the public.
Artability is an annual celebration of the creativity and contributions of people with mental illnesses to our community. A series of art and writing workshops lead up to the multi-day Artability Show & Sale held each fall. Artists may sell their work at the show and receive 80% of the profits, with the remaining 20% going back to support the Artability program. This fun and inspirational event is free and open to the public.
Following is a profile of this year’s Poster Contest winner, Molly Corrick, which first ran in People Incorporated’s INTouch newsletter this summer.
Art to Flourish Once Again at the 2016 Artability Show & Sale, October 28-29
A look around Molly Corrick’s living room, filled with some of the colorful paintings she’s created over the last decade or so, brings a smile to the face and conveys the curious spirit of a self-taught artist not afraid to take risks in her work.
“I look at art books, magazines and photos for inspiration and reference,” she says on a recent sunny afternoon. “I work mostly in acrylic. Painting and creating art is really very pleasant. It just makes you feel good. I just love it!”
Molly is the artist behind this year’s Artability Show & Sale poster-winning piece, Tattooed Lady. “I painted the piece a few years ago,” she recounts. “I was taking some classes at Interact [Center for Visual and Performing Arts]. I came across a magazine picture of a lady with a lot of tattoos, and I thought it might be interesting to try and create a tattooed lady. It turned out really nice I thought.”
Molly is proud of her creations, which she calls ‘outsider art’. “I was told once that you shouldn’t be afraid to ‘work with your quirk,’” she says. “That’s what I do. Lots of people like outsider art, and it makes me happy when someone purchases my work because it means they like my stuff. I’m honored they would buy it!”
People Incorporated’s Artability classes are in full swing through August, and are free and open to anyone living with a mental illness. Full information is available at PeopleIncorported.org/Artability. This year’s Show & Sale will be held October 28-29 at The Great Hall in St. Paul. To volunteer with us in making this year’s show possible, visit PeopleIncorporated.org/Volunteer.
Molly is appreciative that art is a significant part of her life. “Art gives me an identity, she says. “It makes me feel good. I feel proud of myself.”