September 7, 2018 – September 28, 2018
The AAAC is excited to welcome New Vision, New Hope: Asheville Artists in Recovery curated by Pedro Esqueda, into the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space. The artists’ intention is to promote healing through art. Esqueda believes that art can serve as therapy and is encouraging recovery and relapse prevention through creating rather than consuming. It is important for addicts and the community to see that there is life and art, an actual art life, in sobriety.
Esqueda says, “Recovery is anything but boring. I know that for me, coming into sobriety I thought I would never create again or that my art would never be as good. I was wrong. I feel like my life as an artist right now is thriving more than it ever has and I feel like the possibilities are endless. I would like the community to share that hope with me and for the people with my disease to see that there is art after recovery.”
The Western North Carolina recovery community is huge and constantly growing. There are over 100 recovery/living sober meetings a week in Buncombe County alone. Pedro and the participating artists want to reach people in recovery that have lost hope in their artistic careers while being in the clutches of their addiction. In recovery the sky is the limit.
New Vision, New Hope: Asheville Artists in Recovery will be on display in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space, September 7 – 29, 2018. The opening reception will be September 7, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 pm with an artist talk at 6:30 pm.