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Ed King Critters & Stuff By Suzanne Scherr Opening Reception: Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St. First Friday, March 3rd, 6 pm to 9 pm

“Old House” Ed King

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John Williams with HaiSix Inc. Designs

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 34, and there are many of us who have been personally impacted by it. Fortunately, three agencies in our area are bringing this problem to the forefront, and offering a place where the community can find resources to lessen those statistics. Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHAF), Germanna Community College (GCC), and the Rappahannock Area Community Services

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810 Caroline Street (540) 371-5684

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Board (RACSB) have joined forces to sponsor a unique community event. Another Day: A Conversation about Suicide Prevention will be held at Germanna Community College on March 23rd and brings these organizations together as a way to help erase the stigma of mental health and suicide, while offering an opportunity to share ideas and answers to some hard questions about those topics. "Mental health issues impact our students, faculty, and staff as members of our larger community," says Barbara Kirkwood-T Taylor, GCC's Director of Events Management and Lyceum. "Collaboration with other agencies, helps us reach a diverse audience and bring greater awareness of mental illness." The March event coincides with Germanna's Student Symposium and Lyceum. Its theme this year is mental illness, and students will research and write papers on the topic before presenting their findings. The Another Day event will offer a key note speaker, Alison Malmon, who founded the organization, Active Minds, after her brother's suicide. Active Minds works toward changing the perception of mental illness on college campuses. She will share her journey and her work to destigmatize mental illness and suicide, and serve as a panel member. A panel question and answer session will follow that will address community concerns. The panel includes a wide range of people that can address how suicide affects our community, and offer advice and ideas of how we, as individuals,

Williams says, “I started thinking about my family and how close we were before my dad passed. My goal was to get my family involved in helping me choose this design as a way to come together.”

can make a difference in the suicide prevention effort. Panel members include Ben Shaw, Regional Director of the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program, and Sharon Killian, Clinical Services Director at RACSB. Melanie Cardone, who is with MHAF and implements the Signs of Suicide Program in our area schools, and Craig Branch, Chief of Police for Germanna Community College's Police Department will also be part of the panel discussion. "Our community is impacted by

Suzanne Scherr is the media contact for Art First. She can be reached at suzanne.scherr@att.net

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For additional details about this show, visit www.artfirstgallery.com or call 540-371-7107. For more about the artist, please see www.edkingartist.com.

Give a Child

M-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1pm-4pm

First Look:

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Exhibit on View: Daily during the month of March from 11 am to 5 pm With strong and sure brushstrokes, Ed King paints in a recognizable style, honed over decades spent painting and sculpting. His work and accessible teaching style are well known throughout Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. This is his nineteenth year as a member of Art First Gallery. Ed is personally acquainted with many of the "critters" he paints, as he worked on a farm and paints from life in nature. He earned his Masters of Fine Art from Pratt Institute in New York City and also studied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Currently, he teaches at Germanna Community College, LibertyTown Arts Work Shop and The Arts Center in Orange.

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every suicide. It takes a collective effort to raise awareness of local resources and to build a community of support," says Michelle Wagaman, Prevention Services Coordinator for RACSB. "As a provider of mental health and substance abuse services, it's important that we work collaboratively with organizations to help individuals and families receive the help they need." Part of RACSB's suicide prevention effort includes therapists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that respond to mental health emergencies (540-373-6876). The Another Day Conversation takes place on March 23rd from 7 to 8:30 pm at Germanna Community College's Fredericksburg Campus. All members of the community are welcome. For more information visit www.germanna.edu/lyceum/. "We are excited to offer this event and collaborate with other area agencies. It is a subject that needs addressing to erase the stigma associated with it. There are things that people can do to help this problem," says Rita Girard, MHAF's Director. "When we work together, we can accomplish so much more for our community!"

design before perfecting it for the first run of HaiSix merchandise.

Currently, Williams is working on new styles and designs using the HaiSix logo, and he is excited to launch a new line for spring and summer. He invites you to join the HaiSix tribe under a banner born of local heart and soul that serves as a constant reminder of the strength and resilience of family. Follow him on Facebook @HaiSixInc.

Williams explains that HaiSix represents his family, Haigler, and the five stars his siblings and parents. Williams says the lion is his grandmother, “because she’s the head of everything. That’s where the crown comes from, her leadership.”

John Williams, a fresh face on the area’s art and design scene, is a local entrepreneur who grew up in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. He has set his eye for detail on clothing design and music production with HaiSix Inc. Designs, which he describes as an inclusive brand inspired by loyalty to his family.

While the design is personal to him, Williams says the spirit of it reaches beyond his own family. “It can represent unity for anybody, because in my family we have friends who are no relation to us whom we end up calling family, you know what I mean? It can be about making strong connections with people too.” Williams developed his first concept for HaiSix with assistance from local tattoo artist Ricky Butler, who says that he enjoyed helping draw an image that held special meaning for Williams. The two worked on a few variations of the

message, reflection of personal aesthetic, and creative appeal.

This article was originally published in the fall edition of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. See https://issuu.com/amybayne/docs /flar_fall_2016/87 Since last September, Williams has been using HaiSix as a recognizable logo for his clothing line, production company and music. He has moved toward designing all elements of the brand himself, and he says HaiSix's reach has rippled throughout the community and beyond Virginia as a result of its unifying

A.E. Bayne is the publisher of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, a partner in the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, and a veteran educator. She has lived in Fredericksburg for the past two decades.

Christina Ferber has been personally impacted by suicide. She encourages the community to attend this important Day of Conversation

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