- May 2014 @ Mulberry Art Studios -

R. Douglas Steinhauer:
Paintings and their Synopses Reflecting My Life Story — Struggles With My Mental Illness

Local artist R. Douglas Steinhauer will be bringing his artwork to Mulberry Art Studios in an effort to share his talents and shed light on an issue often overlooked in this country- mental illness.  Steinhauer uses beautiful brushwork and vivid colors to bravely tell the story of his own psychotic breaks and chronic depression. The collection will be on display in the Mulberry Ballroom at Mulberry Art Studios throughout the month of May, which, quite fittingly, is Mental Health Awareness Month.

R. Douglas Steinhauer

Steinhauer works in oil, oil-pastel, and 2D mixed media on canvas paper and stretched canvas.  For this exhibit, twenty-one of his paintings, synopses of each painting (some including lyrics by songwriters, and the songwriters' music that is to play within the gallery room) combine to tell his story.  And his is a story that many can relate to.  An estimated 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older, struggle with mental illness.  Steinhauer himself suffered through two psychotic breaks, one in 1988 and one in 1994, and about eleven years of “on and off” chronic depression.  The inspiration for this exhibit comes, Steinhauer says, “from experiences I've had with people, places, and others' music that I've encountered along my life journey.”

Steinhauer was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1968.  A diagnosis of depression and schizophrenia in 1988 forced him to leave Temple University, in Philadelphia, after three years of enrollment.  He uses the act of painting as an expressive release from depression, and his style is influenced by post-impressionistic painters of the late 1800's.  The result is bright, warm colors reflecting his energetic highs, and deep blues, purples, and cool tones showing his depressive lows.  “Colors help to create depth within the paintings” says Steinhauer. “I see universal emotions and themes within my art and would like my work to resonate with the viewer.”

Fab4!: BeatlemaniaFab4!: Beatlemania
More than twenty artists from varied backgrounds have joined forces to create a show unlike any other, Fab4!: Beatlemania. This artistic celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ invasion of America will be on exhibit in the Louise Gallery of Mulberry Art Studios this spring. The show opens with a First Friday Reception from 5pm until 9pm on May 2nd and will continue throughout the month of May.

Fab4!: Beatlemania was born from the minds of the same artists who brought the Elvis show to Lancaster ten years ago. Artists use various mediums to depict their own special versions of the Beatles and the psychedelic 60s The pieces come in all forms- traditional, humorous, contemporary, and abstracted - and the resulting work is sure to incite fun and camaraderie among artists and Beatles’ and psychedelic 60s’ fans!


Fab4!: Beatlemania

Ted Swartz Ted Swartz presents Laughter is Sacred Space

Sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster, Ted Swartz will present Laughter is Sacred Space at Mulberry Art Studio on Friday, May 2, 2014 as part of First Friday events. Two 30-minute performances will begin at approximately 7pm and 8pm.

In this gritty and dramatic talk, Ted walks you through his relationship with friend and business partner, Lee Eshleman, who took his own life in 2007.

Ted explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing and performing stories about God while experiencing the absence of God after Lee’s death.

Using multi-media and his twenty years of storytelling experience, Laughter is Sacred Space is honest, funny and vulnerable, and reveals the unique journey of working as a comedic actor under the shadow of a mental illness, and offers hope and humor in a way that only Ted could deliver.

 

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