The Art of Play

Aug. 12, 2013
The Bridge Art Gallery Presents Playful New Exhibit

Play is not a luxury.  Play is a necessity. -- Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist

The Bridge Art Gallery, located within the University of Rochester Medical Center, celebrates summertime with a colorful new exhibit.  The light-hearted works explore many different ways people of all ages play.  Bicycle racing, climbing in the Andes, riding the Ferris wheel at the county fair, jumping in puddles, and dressing up the pet dog are some of fun depicted in the exhibit.  Artist Getachew Taye invites people to play with her watercolor, Beauty, by flipping it around to see different shapes.

The gallery is holding an Artist Reception on Wednesday, August 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Located on the 1st floor entrance to Strong Behavioral Health, the event is free and open to the public. Directions to the gallery and parking information are available online or by calling 585-275-3571.

The Bridge Art Gallery was created in 2011 by the URMC Department of Psychiatry’s Office of Mental Health Promotion to provide a space for local artists and the community to enjoy -- while also creating a welcoming environment for patients, families, and employees of Strong Behavioral Health.  The goal is to diminish the stigma and hesitance associated with entering the Department of Psychiatry.