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September 2013
In This Issue
Now It's Your Turn: Share Your Story
An Abundance of Art
Employee of the Month: Krystal Nance

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Upcoming Events
Open Eye Gallery Committee Meeting 
Fri., Sept. 6  
11:00 a.m. 
At Arundel Lodge.
All are welcome.  Email Katerina Evans or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions.

2013 Fall Author's Mental Health Lecture and Forum
Wed., Sept. 11
7:00 p.m.
Woods Memorial Church
611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Par
Free presentation by Dottie Pacharis, author of Mind on the Run, who will speak about her son's 13-year battle with bipolar disorder and his suicide. A panel of AA County leaders, including representatives from Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore-Washington Medical Center, schools, churches, and the community, will discuss suicide prevention, crisis-response programs and resources for families. Sponsored by NAMI Anne Arundel County.
NAMI Family
Support Group
Thurs., Sept. 12 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel. 
NAMI Family
Support Group
Thurs., Sept. 26 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel. 

Art and Visual Journaling Exhibit
Sept. 6-26
Reception: Thurs., Sept. 26,
4:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Broadneck Library 
(410) 222-1905 
An exhibit featuring Arundel Lodge artists.

Outer Limits 2013 Show  Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Sun., Sept. 22,
2-4 p.m.
10001 Old Georgetown Rd. 
Bethesda, MD 20814 
Invitational show with Cornerstone and Studio In-Sight.

8th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway Exhibit
Oct. 12-Nov. 1
Reception: Sat., Oct. 12,
1-4 p.m.
Art Enables Gallery
2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC  
This year, six Arundel Lodge artists were accepted to participate in this show: Colin Lacey, Christian McCarrol, Margaret O'Brien, Leah Loebner, Haran Wright, and Anthony Mezzapella.

Mental Health Links

Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


On Our Own of Maryland 




September is National Recovery Month. We hope you'll join us at Recovery Walk 2013, to be held on Saturday, September 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting at the Stanton Center at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis.

The 1.3-mile walk, held rain or shine, will go through downtown Annapolis and end back at the Stanton Center. Coffee, water, and free healthy snacks will be served the walk. Members of the recovery community, local community leaders, and elected officials will speak, as will special guest Dexter Manley, former Washington Redskins defensive end and motivational speaker. All are welcome!
"Blue Boats" by Haran Wright, part of the 2013 Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show.
Arundel Lodge artists will be featured in three wonderful art shows this fall. All the details are in this issue!

Now It's Your Turn: 

Share Your Story 

Dear Reader: We'd like to interview you. In the past two years of publishing Arundel Lodge NEWS, we've interviewed staff, outside experts, and persons served; now we'd like to know what you, our readers, have to say. We'll publish selections from your responses on our Facebook page and on a bulletin board at the Lodge. We'll keep individual responses anonymous, but publish a list of contributors' names in next month's NEWS.


As we join people across the country this September in celebrating the 24th annual National Recovery Month, we'd like you to reflect on your experience of walking a path towards wellness. Regardless of whether you receive services from Arundel Lodge or another provider, are a family member, or work in the behavioral health field, we'd like each of you to share some ways you are taking care of yourself and are learning to live a full and satisfying life.


Here's how you can participate: Send an email with your name and responses to Susan Still at Susan is co-editor of the NEWS as well as a family member and consultant who has worked for years with Arundel Lodge. Susan will separate your name from your response, post selections on Facebook, and publish a list of contributors at the end of the month. (If you don't want your name to appear at all, please mention that in your email.) We are not going to identify whether a response comes from a person served by Arundel Lodge, a family member, or a professional; each of us is a human being on a journey towards wellness and a full life.


Here are some questions for you. You can answer any or all of them, or add comments of your own.


1. Think about a time when you felt hopeful and full of life. What were you doing? Was anyone else involved? How did you feel about yourself?


2. What are some of your wellness tools? For some people, this might be taking a shower, talking to a friend, learning something new, listening to music, or drawing a picture. What are some things you do for your wellness?


3. When you think back about the path you have traveled, in what ways are you stronger?  


4. What advice would you give someone just starting on a path to recovery and wellness?


After you send your email to Susan, watch on the Arundel Lodge Facebook page to see selections from you and other readers! We'll also summarize the responses in next month's newsletter. Happy National Recovery Month!

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An Abundance of Art  

Upcoming Art Shows to Feature Arundel Lodge Artists 

by Katerina Evans, Art Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Arundel Lodge artists will be featured in several art shows this fall. Here are all the details. You can also find listings for each of these events in the sidebar. Come out and enjoy some art!

Sept. 6-26: Art and Visual Journaling Exhibit

This show was created in honor of the visual journaling that the artists of Arundel Lodge have participated in since we received a donation of encyclopedias almost two years ago! The Broadneck Library has generously donated books and magazines which have been turned into works of art. This show will run from September 6 to 26 at the Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis. We welcome everyone to attend a closing reception on September 26 from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Many of the art works are for sale and can be taken home if purchased at the reception on the 26th. Visit the Broadneck Library's website for library hours and directions.

"I Need My Pills" by Tony Mezzapella will be featured in the 2013 Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show.


Sept. 22-Oct. 1: Outer Limits 2013 at the Ratner 


September 22 is the opening date for the 2013 "Outer Limits" exhibit. This is an invitational show with Cornerstone and Studio In-Sight. The opening reception will be held at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD, on Sunday, September 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.  


The following art by Arundel Lodge artists will be included in the show:


"In the Den" by Marisa Bolan

"Sky Sail" by Haran Wright

"Gray Awakening II" by Melinda Cannon

"Blossom" by Lois Agee

"Lighthouse" by Lee Hanson

"Coughing in Space" by Leah Loebner
"Girl with Green Eyes" by Christian McCarrol 
"Bipolar Mandala" by Tony Mezzapelle
"What I see when I close my Eyes" by Margaret O'Brien
"Where Mommy Died" by Joe March
"Progressions Into Ocean" by Colin Lacey
"A Schizophrenic Maze" by Sheryl Perez 

Oct. 12-Nov. 1: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway

This year, six Arundel Lodge artists were accepted to participate in the 8th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show, produced by Art Enables. This show is a juried event, and Art Enables shared that they received about 300 submissions this year, so this is quite an accomplishment! The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Arundel Lodge artists are:

Colin Lacey
Christian McCarrol
Margaret O'Brien
Leah Loebner
Haran Wright
Tony Mezzapelle

View art created by groups such as Creativity Explored, First Street Gallery, LAND Gallery, Pure Vision Arts, and over 25 more. This show will run through Friday, November 1, at the Art Enables Gallery, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC.  


We would love to see as many of our supporters as possible at each of these upcoming events!


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Employee of the Month:
Krystal Nance, Rehabilitation Specialist

The August Employee of the Month is Krystal Nance, a Rehabilitation Specialist with the Fresh Start Program. Krystal has been with Arundel Lodge for just over two years and is also attending Bowie State University, majoring in psychology. Her co-workers and clients appreciate Krystal's sensitivity and her work ethic. As one said, "She goes above and beyond, and is well liked by her clients. She's a hard worker, reliable, and friendly!"  


Krystal moved from part time to full time very quickly. She is great with deadlines, patient, and always willing to help others. Her interactions with everyone are very positive and encouraging. 


Krystal loves doing the work she does at Arundel Lodge. In her words, "The clients make it worth everything. Working here, you can really make a difference to somebody". 


We appreciate Krystal for being a great role model and team player. 

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