“It’s funny because I looked to art to quiet my mind when I was in chaos. Not only did I quiet my mind, I found my spirituality as well.”

Manny Mendez, Art of Recovery Film Festival and Art Exhibit

Art of Recovery members

Now, Mendez and other recovering addicts with creative outlets are embarking on a project that none of them could have envisioned during their darkest days — they’re hosting an art and film festival.

As its name suggests, the Art of Recovery Film Festival and Art Exhibit, set for July 7-9 in downtown Lake Worth, will feature paintings, documentary films, photographs and poetry about drugs and addiction.

And the artists are recovering addicts seeking to use their work to offer hope and inspiration for families affected by an epidemic killing thousands of people across Florida and the United States.

‘It’s about breaking the stigma and raising awareness,’ said co-host Vic James, a photographer and recovering addict who said he has been sober since his dad died of a heroin overdose on Father’s Day 2014.

Films will be shown at the Stonzak Theater at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Artwork will be displayed a few blocks away at the Armory Art Center Annex, 1121 Lucerne Ave. Admission is free. Proceeds from the sale of food and artwork will go to charities that help recovering addicts. …

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: palmbeachpost.com, June 29, 2017, By Joe Capozzi https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opioid-crisis-film-art-festival-aims-raise-awareness-offer-hope/9ez4U1J8qYZfpO8uWihQhP/