FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2022
Crossgates Welcomes “I Am More” Art & Writing Exhibit
— Art and writing exhibit reminds us we are more than our life situation, health diagnosis, mental illness or physical differences-–
Guilderland, NY – Crossgates has welcomed “I am More”, a public art and writing exhibit created by Gloucester, MA artist, Amy Kerr. The exhibit features paintings accompanied by essays to remind us that we are more than our life situation, health diagnosis, mental illness or physical differences. The exhibit will be on display during mall hours through October 27th on the lower level near APEX Entertainment.
After her struggle with depression, Amy was inspired to share her story and the story of others that they are more than the daily challenges they live with. The faces and essays exhibit covers issues that many struggle with including cancer, PTSD, anxiety, poverty, addiction, sexual abuse, suicide and surviving the Holocaust, among others. The portraits depict the subjects in some of their favorite locations or enjoying their favorite past times. The essay next to the portrait shares their story, how they overcame their struggles and how they are much more. According to Kerr, “The pain they live with is just one facet of a person with skills, gifts, loves and hopes that are sometimes overshadowed by the struggle for wellness. The purpose of ‘I Am More’ is to shine a light on these gifts and start a conversation about these often taboo subjects with the hope of encouraging others to reach out for help and support, and to feel less alone.
A list of mental health resources is provided related to the topics addressed. Crossgates Marketing Director, Jen Smith shared, “Crossgates is honored to be selected for the Albany stop on this exhibit’s tour and share these meaningful stories with the community. The exhibit reminds us that someone walking among us could be suffering, so many of us have challenges, that we are not alone, and there is help.”
The exhibit has been traveling since October 2019. For more about Amy Kerr, and the “I am More” exhibit, please visit amykerrdraws.org.
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