Upcoming Public Events & Exhibitions

To Really See
Exploring the Medication Taking Experience

Exhibition Dates:

Cargill Hall
Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central

August 10—September 27, 2017

There are many methods for expressing and exploring health related events through art. The results often create compelling and people-centered objects or experiences. Attempts have been made using media, such as puppetry, theatre, songs or games. Photography and other visual art are also used to make subjects on health meaningful and healing for the person and interesting and educational for the public and the professionals who serve the public. Through a community-focused art project and traveling exhibit, To Really See, captures these approaches and focuses on the display of creative medication use stories that users, artists, and participants wanted to express and share.

Closing Night Panel Discussion:
Perspectives on To Really See
Spectrum ArtWorks presents at the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central  a panel discussion moderated by Syl Jones (Hennepin Health Systems).

September 27th at 6 pm
Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Mall in Pohlad Hall (2nd Floor)

To celebrate and close the current display of "To Really See," Spectrum ArtWorks and the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central welcome guests and artists of the exhibit to discuss and reflect upon the exhibiting artwork; in hopes to raise awareness and challenge mental health stigma regarding the medication-taking experience and comment on the presence of medications in our everyday lives.

Panel Facilitator:
Playwright, journalist, author and communications consultant Syl Jones is a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow studying the emerging discipline of Narrative Medicine/Healthcare through Columbia University’s School for Continuing Education. He was recently named one of the "50 Over 50" Minnesotans by AARP and Pollen in the "Disruptor" category.

He works as Director, Narrative Health and Medicine, at Hennepin Health Systems in Minneapolis, where he teaches narrative healthcare methods to interns, residents and staff. He is the author of the play BECAUSE, about mental health patients in crisis, produced by the Hennepin Health Foundation and presented at Mixed Blood Theater in 2016. His most recent play about Hospice and Palliative Care, called LILY, will be produced this spring by Mixed Blood.

Jones has written more than 60 produced plays, including BLACK NO MORE, winner of the Roger L. Stevens Award from The Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays. The Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theater, The Children’s Theater and many other producing agencies have staged his plays. His film, Which Exit? was commissioned by HealthPartners to explore challenges related to diversity in healthcare.

In addition, he has written many plays about and for healthcare organizations, including LAZARUS for Medtronic, Inc; FIRE IN THE BONES, for HealthPartners; RING OF FIRE, for Allina Health Systems; and dozens more. He has actively combined the arts and sciences to spotlight human vulnerability, resilience, and spirituality. He lives in Minnetonka, MN., with his wife Elizabeth.


Paul L. Ranelli is a Professor of Social Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Ranelli joined the Minnesota faculty in 2003 and is based on the Duluth campus. He is a co-organizer of the "To Really See" exhibit.

He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and graduate degrees from Wayne State University (M.Sc.) and the University of Wisconsin at Madison (Ph.D.). While in Wisconsin, he was pharmacy director at the Menominee Tribal Clinic and a pharmacist with the Cuban-Haitian Resettlement Task Force in 1980. His pharmacy legacy goes back years to his father’s and uncle’s community pharmacy in Connecticut.

Before arriving in Minnesota, Paul taught and served as dean at the University of Wyoming College of Pharmacy. Prior to the University of Wyoming, Paul was on faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

He is a member of several organizations, including APhA (the American Pharmacists Association), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA). He currently serves as a Governing Council Member of American Public Health Association.

Dr. Ranelli’s teaching and research relate to social pharmacy and, specifically, factors influencing medication-use behavior. Current projects, including Go Ask Alice, a play with music, and To Really See, reflect his interest in medication-use experiences of patients.

His service spans the university, college, and community. He served on a community foundation visioning committee for a new mental health facility for youth and young adults in Duluth, Minnesota. The facility, known as Amberwing, opened in 2012.

Christi Furnas is a multidisciplinary artist who works and lives in Minneapolis. As a 2016 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, she began working her first graphic novel, Crazy Like a Fox: Adventures in Schizophrenia. She made her New York debut at Undercurrent Projects Gallery in an exhibit titled Flying Foxes; March, 2017.

Prior to her ongoing work with the graphic novel, Christi has shown her oil paintings and drawings in local galleries; most notably Soo Visual Arts Center, and in the nationally juried show, Open Door Seven at Rosalux Gallery. In 2014, she won the People’s Choice Award in the North East Minneapolis Arts Association’s Fall Fine Arts Show, and was awarded a VSA Emerging Artist Grant through the Jerome Foundation. Christi has received national attention for her work as a community arts organizer from Advocate Magazine, who named her one of their “40 Under Forty Most Inspiring People” in May 2012. She currently works as the Peer Support Specialist for Spectrum ArtWorks, facilitating workshops and supporting artists with mental illness in all stages of their career.

Martha Bird is a self taught Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary artist who specializes in traditional and sculptural basketry. Martha’s background of a masters degree in holistic nursing weaves together her basketry as representation of healing in body, mind and soul to invite wholeness in both the work and in herself. Martha explores basketweaving as a blend of the traditional forms of the medium with avant-garde practices, an experiment with materials, method and technique. Her work pushes the strictly utilitarian into contemporary art forms. Themes that can be seen in her work include: the individual is stronger in community, connections, art as a healing and creative force and the beauty of nature. Also this fall, Martha has a solo exhibition as well as work on exhibit at the Textile Center, Great Hall in St. Paul and a piece that is touring the US for a year. Martha is an ArtWorks Collective Member and exhibiting artist of "To Really See."

Holly Rapoport is a western Wisconsin based visual artist. She is currently engaged in the Fine Arts program at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with emphases in printmaking and drawing.

In her work she explores what it means to experience mental illness. Holly works primarily in self-portraiture to provide an intimate view of mental illness. She uses her own image to create an element of vulnerability as a means of communicating with the viewer. As a woman living with mental illness, she uses her work as an outlet for the frustration associated with applied stigmas. Holly is an exhibiting artist of "To Really See."

Dr. Reba Peoples, M.D. is a holistic psychiatrist of RESOURCE who delights in appreciating those unique traits and qualities that make each of us who we are. This appreciation allows her to create customized wellness solutions for individuals and organizations who may be struggling with burnout, overwhelm or lack of career engagement. Dr. Peoples founded Imara Health and Wellness in June, 2015 to help further her mission of providing tools to help people reclaim a sense of joy and purpose in their lives. ‘Imara’ is a Swahili word that translates to ‘one with strength or fortitude’. In keeping true to that moniker, Imara’s ultimate mission is to empower healthcare consumers with the tools needed to become stewards of their own health and architects of their own destiny. Imara Health and Wellness recognizes that one size does not fit all when it comes to attaining and maintaining emotional wellness. This insight has helped Imara develop an extraordinary approach to whole-person healthcare that recognizes that true emotional wellness involves much more than simply balancing brain chemistry.

Dr. Peoples is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio. She is board certified in Psychiatry and has additional training in Functional Medicine via the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). She has also completed a Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies via the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in Brookline, Massachusetts as well as a Community Coaching Certification via the OMCommunity Coach Fellowship Program in St. Paul, MN.

Marilyn Dornfeld oversees the adult programs of NAMI Minnesota. She is former educator in SPPS with a Masters of Education. After the illness of her son she became involved with NAMI Minnesota. She is a Family–to-Family teacher, trainer and manages NAMI’s Family-to–Family program, Family Support Groups, and Family Connections (BPD). She is certified to teach QPR, MIWP, YMHFA, MHFA, Early Warning Signs and other programs.

Please send questions to Jes Reyes at jreyes@resource-mn.org or 612-752-8282.

Exhibition partners include RESOURCE, Genoa, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, and Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central. The exhibition is partially funded by the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund.

After our display with Minneapolis Central we will be traveling "To Really See" to:

St. Luke’s Hospital
Duluth, Minnesota

October 2017-April 2018
Opening events: TBD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Bio-Medical Library

December 2017-April 2018

Opening events: TBD

More details to come!


Artist reception - Friday, October 20 at 3 PM

Angels and Dancers: Abstract Explorations into Movement and Color       
A solo exhibition from Shining Starr

ArtWorks presents a solo exhibition from artist Shining Starr. "Angels and Dancers: Abstract Explorations into Movement and Color" is a show that exhibits new art from Starr. "I see art in everything. I am my favorite canvas. From food to painting, writing, and sculpting, I really live and breathe art," she says.

This show is a generally a private exhibition. We are offering a public reception though on Friday, October 6 at 3pm. Please attend to meet Starr, view her new work, and get to know more about her art practice. Art will be available for purchase.

Shining Starr is a collective member of the Avivo ArtWorks Collective.

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