Location name: Anchor House of Artists
Anchor House of Artists was established in 1997 to promote the work of artists living with mental illnesses. Since its founding, many many artists have found a welcome harbor to use for the fashioning new art and express artistic self-determination out of view from the clinical grasp. To celebrate on the ebb of twenty years of success Group 18 has stepped forward to share a public reading from the papers of its well-published authors. The work of a founding member of the Anchor House of Artists, Mary Dunn (1958-2008) , whose visual and written art guided her life, will be on view at this celebration benefit too.
Mary Dunn was among a founding group of artists in 1997 when Anchor House of Artists was established to support area outsider artists. She was a poet with an exceptional voice, a watercolorist and pastel artist. She led poetry groups and was sought out for her gentle mentorship but fierce defense of her peers. She passed suddenly and quietly in 2008 and much of her work might have been lost if it were not for the quick rescue from the dumpster at her home by a caring neighbor. This work along with a portfolio of her visual work is now in the safekeeping of the Anchor House of Artists.
This celebration of the power of verse and artist to artist support is very important in the life of the Anchor House, and of Mary Dunn's life and whose dream of the Anchor House she entered through her work.