Left to right: MHSU team lead grant Heindl, MHSU manager Jason McCarty, art committee Chair Givonna DeBruin, painters Marc Martel, Rhonda Dearing, Lynne Turner, Sheila Gardiner-Watt, local artist Tina Siddiqui, painter Mike Harvey and MHSU Executive Director David Harrhy - Image Credit: Photo Contributed

Left to right: MHSU team lead grant Heindl, MHSU manager Jason McCarty, art committee Chair Givonna DeBruin, painters Marc Martel, Rhonda Dearing, Lynne Turner, Sheila Gardiner-Watt, local artist Tina Siddiqui, painter Mike Harvey and MHSU Executive Director David Harrhy - Image Credit: Photo Contributed

Interior Health gets artsy

A new art piece is housed on the second floor of IH’s new Community Health and Services Centre

Clients of the ArtWorks Studio at the Canadian Mental Health Association, led by local artist Tina Siddiqui, joined members of Interior Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use team and art committee to unveil their beautiful four-paneled art piece this past week.

The art piece is housed on the second floor of IH’s new Community Health and Services Centre located in downtown Kelowna. The second floor also houses multiple MHSU patient services.

“I’d like to thank the Canadian Mental Health Association’s ArtWorks Studio for creating and donating such a beautiful painting,” said MHSU executive director David Harrhy. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment to all who visit the Community Health and Services Centre and this vibrant piece helps us achieve that.”

Twelve individuals worked together to design and create the painting as a representation of health and well-being in the beautiful surrounding areas. The artists hope to express their wish for health and happiness for all people and communities across IH.

This mural also celebrates recovery and wellness as it was created by people who are actively working on their own mental health and wellbeing. Through the creation of the mural, the artists deepened their sense of connection to each other and the community in which they live. The ArtWorks Studio is a safe and welcoming space for people who want to improve their mental health, to learn new skills, nurture the creative spirit, and have an avenue for self-expression.