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What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide
June 27 - July 31
When someone dies from suicide, people often don’t know what to say to the survivors. The silence and discomfort can isolate those who have been left behind, at a time when they most need connection.
When John Bauer’s daughter took her own life in 2013 at the age of 33, he and his family experienced that isolation. That led the Grand Rapids resident to develop the fine arts exhibit “What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide,” expressions of 40 Minnesota artists of the grief and suffering of people affected by suicide.
It’s with the aim of drawing people into conversation that Community Grounds coffeeshop will bring the exhibit to Columbia Heights the entire month of July. Programs will be held the evenings of July 6 and July 20, and information about mental health resources will be available throughout the exhibit.
The collection of artwork that will be on display includes sculpture, painting, photography, poetry, and other mediums. Some of the pieces are somber, some vibrant, some abstract, some more concretely representational, all created by artists skilled at their craft. There’s a sculpture of a broken circle. A painting of an empty chair. An empty wooden chest. One interactive piece is a phone booth where you can listen to the words of people who have attempted suicide and those whose lives have been touched by the act.
The exhibit opened at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids in September 2015, and since has been shown in communities around the state. Community Grounds board member and psychotherapist Nick Zeimet saw it at a church in Plymouth this spring. He thought it would be a good fit for the coffee shop’s mission of community engagement.
The July 6 reception will feature John Bauer and staff members of the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being, which provides affordable mental health services to Anoka county residents and contracted services for the Columbia Heights Schools. On July 20 someone from the Carlson Center will present a program about how to talk about and recognize the signs of suicide.
The exhibit will be on display July 1-31, at Community Grounds, 560 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights. More information about the exhibit can be found at whatsleftmn.com.
More details in the full Northeaster article here.