2017 People's Choice Winner Artist- Hannah Wendt "Which One (Barely Holding On)?

The Annual Recovery Art Show – Tallgrass Recovery holds an annual art show and this year, opening night is September 1st, at the Tallgrass campus. Tallgrass Recovery is a community-based partnership designed to bring together diverse groups of individuals from all demographics to establish a dialogue on the struggles of addiction and the beauty of a life of recovery. Art is a powerful tool to initiate discussion of difficult issues like addiction. At Tallgrass Recovery, our vision is to help individuals and families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction get their lives back; a life they never imagined possible. By combining art and our vision at Tallgrass Recovery we have created a community based discourse displaying the effects of addiction and how individuals survive the disease. This is a free event, open to the public. Each year this event strives to reduce stigma, educate the public, and provide an outlet for community members to express their experiences with addiction.

It has been theorized that individuals who suffer from substance abuse affect at least 4 to 5 people due to their addiction; often these are children. With more and more adolescents coming into recovery, whether it is the individual who suffers from the disease of addiction, or it is a family member, friend, or loved one, we want to make sure each person knows they are welcome to participate in this event.

With the combination of a longer exhibition and accompanying school aged children, the greatest outcome is providing a platform to bring addiction and recovery to the conversation. Many of those who have made it into a life of recovery understand that telling their story, sharing their journey of recovery, can have a healing effect. Art can be used as an outlet to express one’s journey. By shedding light on this issue, our hope is that it will change some of the pre-conceived ideas of addiction and recovery.

People's Choice Winner 2018

People's Choice Winner 2018

Jean Gentry, Artist

The butterfly is often used as a symbol of transformation, metamorphosis, renewal, and rebirth for those of us who are friends and family of alcoholics.

A few weeks ago, this butterfly flew into my flower garden and landed on a perfect Echinacea. Upon closer examination, the wings had some voids where this swallowtail should have graceful, birdlike wings. In spite of its defects, the butterfly gently sipped nectar before awkwardly taking flight and continuing on its way. I realized that it is how I feel about my years in recovery.

The effects of living with alcoholism left me less than perfect. By the grace of God, in recovery I am elevated beyond the problems of the past to live in the present and look forward to the future.

You're beautifully broken
And You can be whole again
Even a million scars
Doesn't change Whose you are
You're worthy
Beautifully Broken - Plumb