SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – An art exhibit in Sioux Falls aims to help people tell their stories of addiction and recovery. Friday is the 9th annual tall grass salvage art exhibition.
Heather Ellyson is just one of the artists featured in this year’s art exhibit.
“My article is actually diary pages that I wrote over the last few months, I also had face masks that I cut out to make the silhouette of myself, it’s a real silhouette of me -same and I just put this together to show that I “had a rough year,” artist Heather Ellyson said. “I’m a recovering alcoholic and art is a form of therapy for me, it helps me get out of the emotions I have and helps me stay sober.”
Joan Zych is the show’s organizer. She says the artists featured have had their lives affected by addiction or recovery in one way or another.
“It’s across the board, I don’t have anyone currently who is in an active addiction, so any pieces if they describe the addiction are what that person went through before they recovered,” creator of Tallgrass Recovery Art Show , Joan Zych mentioned.
The artists featured on the show are not only local, but also from across the country and around the world.
“It used to be very localized, but now it has spread to people from Minnesota, we have people from Brookings, from all over the area,” Zych said. “This year we had one person who submitted from England, I have a wife who submitted from New Mexico.”
Use art to help start conversations on difficult topics like drug addiction.
“It’s a good way to let go of all your aggression, it has definitely helped me stay sober and think about what my future might be with art, so I think it’s calming but helps do. take out your feelings without using so this has been very helpful to me, ”said artist Morgan Hermanson.
The art exhibit takes place Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Post Pilgrim Gallery, which is located on the lower level of Last Stop CD Shop on East 10th Street. There will be food and music. There is no cost to attend.