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URI Feinstein Providence Campus honors Mental Health and Wellness month with exhibit in May

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 21, 2005 – In recognition of Mental Health and Wellness Month in May, the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus will present a month-long exhibit that explores works by local artists and the use of art in the healing process.

Entitled "Riva and Friends: Alive and Well," the exhibit will deal most directly with Alzeheimer’s disease, bi-polar disorder, and depression. The show runs May 1-27, with a performance of music and poetry on Gallery Night, May 19 from 5 - 9 p.m.

The exhibit will feature the life work of renowned artist Riva Leviten of Providence who has worked in the field of art as healing, and who has suffered a variety of health issues including most recently a stroke and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The work of other local artists in the field of art as healing and artists who have dealt with their own life issues through their art will also be shown. These artists include: Christiane Corbat of Barrington, Bill Comeau of Cranston, Sandra Salzillo-Shields of Bristol and Vince Grimaldi of Providence.

Free and open to the public, the gallery is located in the first and second floor lobbies of the campus at 80 Washington St. Hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Sunday.