Featured Peer Artist Vicki Leary
What a great example of INDIVIDUALITY and peer support Vicki Leary is here at My Voice Media Center. Vicki, as we know her, is a very talented and bright individual. She has been with My Voice Media Center for years now, contributing to her own Mental health Journey through life and enjoining it with Art, her family and friends here at My Voice Media Center. We interviewed Vicki for the Peer Art Gallery and this is what she had to say:
INTERVIEW WITH VICKI LEARY:
-MVMC: How did you hear about MVMC?
-Vicki: My parents brought me when I was first started living with them. I liked it, "It's a fun place."
-MVMC: What kind of art do you like to do?
-Vicki: Painting with Acrylics and Coloring.
-MVMC: How long have you been doing art?
-Vicki: Since Middle School, where I had my first competition, I came in 4th.
-MVMC: What does ART do for you?
-Vicki: It calms me down and relaxes me.
-MVMC: who inspires you?
-Vicki: My mom and Georgia O'Keeffe. In Elementary School there was a book about her art and it was cool.
-Vicki: Also, my aunt took me to Art in the Park when I was 7 and that's when I got interested in Art. I really like it here at My Voice Media Center and hope the program lasts forever.
Georgia O'Keeffe; ARTWORK from wikipedia.com; Georgia O'Keeffe Red Canna 1915 Yale University Art Gallery - Georgia O'Keeffe - Wikipedia
O'Keeffe, Red Canna, 1915, watercolor on paper, 19.4 by 13.0 inches (49.2 cm × 33.0 cm), Yale University Art Gallery
O'Keeffe, Series 1, No. 8, 1918, oil-painting on canvas, 20.0 by 16.0 inches (50.8 cm × 40.6 cm), Lenbachhaus, Munich
SOME OF VICKI LEARY'S ART; 2021, MY VOICE MEDIA CENTER PROJECT; VISALIA, CA; ARTS CONSORTIUM
Vicky participates in many activities, including NSSB, our No Stigma Speaker's Bureau Session. No Stigma Speaker's Session is a productive group that practices telling their stories of Mental Illness and their experience in healing and returning to a productive life inspired by art and what My Voice Media Center has to offer them. She participates in Peer Support, 3D Art, Printmaking and is an amazing Poet. Here is one of her Poems:
Title: A Poem for my best friend
by Vicki Leary
They're the one that I can depend on to always make me smile
They're the one who, I can tell my secrets to
They're the one whom I can hug tightly
They're the one who shares the same interests as me
They're the one the only, my best friend in whole wide world, Ozzy.
Thank you for reading and come back for more art and inspiration!
Thank you Vicki Leary!