On Thursday, Sept. 22, Alpha Home will hold its inaugural art show named Inside ] Out at Brick, located at Blue Star Arts Complex, from 6-9 p.m. The one-night only event will celebrate Alpha Home’s 50th anniversary as well as National Recovery Month.
Founded in 1966, Alpha Home’s compassionate approach to the treatment of addiction has transformed the lives of more than 22,000 women, men, children, and families.
More than 80 Alpha Home clients, staff, and alumnae contributed works of art to the exhibition, which is a representation of each artist’s view of their own recovery process.
“We are so thrilled to be able to celebrate National Recovery Month by telling these incredible stories of resilience that our clients and Alpha Home alumnae have,” said Alpha Home CEO Angela White. “Our hope is that the participants were able to find strength within themselves through the therapeutic artwork they created.”
Among the participants is Alpha Home alumna and local fine arts artist Sara Barcus. Barcus, a recovering alcoholic who is four years sober, is passionate about telling her own stories with art and helping others tell theirs.
When Alpha Home staff members approached Barcus to participate in Inside ] Out, she said she was eager to paint and help the organization that aided her in her recovery and to express herself in a way she couldn’t with words.
Her piece titled “Coming Back to Motherhood” shows her progression from her deep throes of her own addiction to her present self. Barcus credits Alpha Home with renewing her focus on being the best mom that her children deserve.
“I painted my son, helping me up from where I once was,” she explained, “because recovering from alcoholism has given me the chance to be with him (and now my other son) as the mother he deserves. I conveyed the emotions mainly through the use of color, and honestly, I feel like the piece communicates more of that sentiment than I could articulate with words.”
Another art show participant is Alpha Home’s Chief Operating Officer and alumna Nangie Lowrie, who leads Alpha Home’s day-to-day operations as well as the organization’s human resources initiatives.
Lowrie arrived at Alpha Home in 1988 with a prescription pill addiction. She said Alpha Home saved her life and helped her restore relationships with her friends and family, including her son.
Lowrie painted two dolphins jumping from a body of water as a reminder of her time as a resident at Alpha Home’s Mulberry facility. She recalled a day when she painted dolphins on the wall in her room at Alpha Home as a means to express herself.
“I loved using the dolphin in my art because of the naturally joyful look the dolphin has as it leaps above the surface into the light,” Lowrie said. “I like to think the dolphin is happy to be a part of life (and) a part of the world. Dolphins love life, they love their dolphin families and they also care for other species, such as humans.”
Lowrie personally identifies with dolphins as a symbolic metaphor for her own recovery journey, she added.
“I love to see dolphins as they triumphantly jump in their freedom,” she said. “I hope this art piece that I created reflects my affinity for them.”
Open to the public, Inside ] Out will have a suggested donation of $10 at the door and 100% of proceeds from the show will be dedicated to helping local individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
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Top image: “Coming Back to Motherhood” by Sara Barcus. Photo courtesy of Sara Barcus.