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Home of the Arts for Freedom program

“Building a Healthier Community through Personal and Professional Example”

Peer Recovery Art Project is our continuous campaign to end stigma, revitalize downtown areas, while implementing new strategies for an all-inclusive and, therefore, healthier community.

Volume 4

Issue 9

EXECUTIVE OFFICER NOTES Many “beautiful people” have joined us at Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery, 1222 J Street, downtown Modesto. It’s simply magical! How could we, as either an organization or those many faithful supporters from our humble beginning, ever have imagined what has transpired in such a short time? Our program is becoming one of the most recognizable community service art organizations of its time. Great Non Profits has listed us as TOP RATED for 2012 by peer review. We were written about in the Huffington Post and our Facebook number s would impress any marketer. Our project was featured on a Prop 63 segment of the Free Your Minds Project, a statewide broadcast aimed at ending mental health stigma. The measurement tools and data we are collecting with them are amazing. The data certainly speaks to how much we do and how well we do it. But we do not stop there! Peer Recovery Art Project now has Dr. Sunny Liu from Cal State University Stanislaus’ Communication Studies department, joining us to help develop tools and analyze our outcomes. Dr. Liu’s expert guidance will help us better answer the learning question we posed in our Innovation funding contract and paint a portrait of whether our community and our members are better off. In the last month alone we have participated in Modesto Pride Festival, Taste of McHenry Village, Art Walk and more and served as a respite/watering hole for folks on the Modesto International Architecture Festival tours. By the way, we want to thank the organizations from the aforementioned events for trusting in us. Great collaboration!

October 2012 Drive through McHenry Village across from Verona’s and see our display windows or stop by the new Imagination Center, a partnership between CSU Stanislaus and Modesto Art Museum, and tell them we sent you. The Center is located right next to the Mistlin Gallery on J Street. We are thankful for all our supporters. No other community arts organization in our area has this type of diversity or history in their shows and productions. For that we are extremely proud and continue to reach higher to represent the folks who find freedom by joining us at the Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery. ~John Black, CEO

TRIBUTE TO ROBERT BROWN Robert Brown transformed my life into what it has become today. Robert was the Artist who inspired me to build a community of people who have given me over the years a “Gift” that I can never repay. I was aware that it is only a “Gift” if I use it. For over a decade I have used it to the fullest. Thank you, Robert Brown, for everything you taught me about who I am and thank you, RB, for the life I now have. You were cheering us on September 9, 2001, at the State Theatre and many have continued to rally for our vision for an all-inclusive and therefore healthier community through use of Arts and Music. Thank you Facebook blues friend, Linda Marie for preserving this memory!

Peer Recovery Art Project, Inc. Community Report 2011 NOW AVAILABLE Call or email to request your copy

Peer Recovery Art Project Renaissance



By Betty Barnes It was John Black’s idea for me to visit the Fountain Gallery located at 702 Ninth Avenue, New York, as part of a trip to the east coast to visit my niece. Opened in 2000, “Fountain Gallery was founded to fulfill two key objectives: to provide a space where artists with mental illness would be taken seriously as professionals and to create a community where they could support one another as they launched or returned to their art careers”. Not only did I get to tour this outstanding gallery but I also had an opportunity to meet three wonderful artists (Jonathan Glass, Martin Cohen and Anthony Newton), and the Executive Director and Marketing Director of the Fountain House. I felt a real personal connection listening to Jonathan Glass tell me about his life. Artist Jonathan Glass was my gallery tour guide. He is a jazz aficionado known for his pen and ink drawings of musicians in performance. Jonathan showed me art works for his next show. I am thrilled to have one to display at the Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery in October. The history of this gallery is fascinating! Esther Montanez (1936-2006) was the director of spe­cial projects at Fountain House, a 59-year-old pioneering community-based and multifaceted mental health serv­ice called a Clubhouse run by and for people with mental illnesses. She began by transforming the Fountain House Thrift Shop with 12 artists and volunteers into what is known today as “Fountain Gallery”. Ms. Montanez believed this was this to be a gallery as well as a place of artistic and professional growth and a vehicle for breaking the stigma associated with mental illness. A beautiful portrait of her is on display at the Fountain House, painted by artist Jonathan Glass. Thank you to John Black, my family and artist Jonathan Glass for this memorable day!


CALL FOR ART • Peer Recovery Art Project is interested anyone who has Halloween art work for exhibit. Please submit a .jpg on our website at www., or stop by the gallery. Art will be hung Thursday, October 4. The show will run through the month of October. • Peer Recovery Art Project is looking for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art to be exhibited in the gallery before Thursday, November 1, 2012. Friday, November 2, is the Day of the Dead event from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your family to enjoy the art, singing and poetry.

October 2012 HUNTLEY HOUSE MINIATURES By Betty Barnes At September 2011’s Taste of McHenry Village, Peer Recovery Art Project had the opportunity to have Huntley House Miniatures showcase outstanding 1-inch scale handmade products from hats to an entire constructed cottage and shadow boxes. In September 2012, Peer Recovery Art Project gallery displayed another outstanding venue from “Huntley House Miniatures” in conjunction with Modesto International Architecture Festival. Anna McCuistion displayed her general store and convent shop filled with hand-constructed items. Artists have a wide range of works but the most interesting interview and works that Kevin Phal and I have seen this year was one Saturday afternoon at Huntley House Miniatures in Riverbank, California. I asked so many questions and Kevin took even more pictures than my questions. Every Saturday the Huntley House does a “Make it - Take it”, workshop with Ada Holloway from noon to 5 p.m., for only $10 per person. It is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels. Each week Ada creates a new project to share with miniature makers. Find them on Facebook or email: to ask what is new for the week. Huntley House also has a new website at: http://www. Huntley House Miniatures is like a museum and I encourage everyone to visit their new store, open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. Don’t plan on leaving in fifteen minutes because it will most likely take a good hour and a half to view only part of the fantastic little works! I challenge all Renaissance readers to research the history of miniatures and the amount of time it takes to construct these little pieces of art. Richard Huntley’s family has lived in Riverbank since 1870. He has been married to his lovely wife Rosemary for the past 30 years. Together they have two grown children and three grandchildren. Richard used to make guitars to sell but six years ago he started the journey into the miniature making world. Before opening the store in Riverbank, Richard traveled to Stockton, California each week (where he met his good friend Don Silva), until “Bearly Big Enough” owner Susie retired. Richard bought her inventory and opened “Huntley House Miniatures,” now over a year and a half ago. The “Miniature” store includes a grand collection of exact one-inch scale hand-constructed cottages, houses and all

the items needed to live extremely comfortably in them. Don Silva, 76, learned as a young boy to build items using whatever he could find, then spent 41 years in heavy construction work and retired 12 years ago to keep busy every day building his fabulous storybook houses. I had the pleasure to view Geppeto’s Workshop Cottage, Drunken Duck, Wine and Cheese Shop, and more. The most impressive structure is the 13th-14th Century Middle Age Castle. This castle took a year researching the history, architectural design, human needs, lifestyle, and construction of castles. Two years of building, constructing every day, this “must view” 25-section castle is on display at Huntley House Miniatures and sells for approximately $120,000. This truly is a masterpiece! I thank both Richard and Don for the wonderful interview at Huntley House, along with miniaturists Rosemary, Ada and Anna. Huntley House Miniatures is located at 3220A Santa Fe St., Riverbank, CA 95367. (209) 863-0160 “The artist ’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere , far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” ~Paul Strand

WELCOME NEW ARTIST, CRYSTAL MORENO When I first started college I didn’t  know what I wanted to major in, I decided to take a photography class and from the first class I was hooked. I didn’t know that this would become a passion of mine and lead me to decide that this is the career path I want to take. My photographs involved mainly landscapes, people, miscellaneous, animals, and anything that catches my eyes. I was very shy to show my photos before, now I want to show the world my talent. Peer Recovery Art Project has been great to me, not only was it the first gallery I ever showed in, but they also show great support and are very welcoming. I’m thankful to be a part of their great gallery.  ~Crystal Moreno


Peer Recovery Art Project Renaissance PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT, INC. EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TEAM MEMBERS John Black, CEO, Arts for Freedom Administrator, Operations Manager

Thursday, September 20, was a busy night for PRAP! One hundred seventy people visited our gallery during Art Walk. Lucas made his first YouTube video. Close to 500 guests attended the Taste of McHenry Village where many artists exhibited and we hosted a wine tasting.

Peer Recovery Art Project gallery, home of the ARTS FOR FREEDOM program is located at:

1222 J Street, Modesto CA

Email, call or text:

Ken McCall, Chief Financial Officer Pacific Media Group Carol Jo Hargreaves, Corporate Secretary, Editor Jodi McClure, Bookkeeper Team Members: Michael Anderson, Art Director Betty Barnes, Arts for Freedom Program Coordinator, Fundraising, Special Projects Linda Hornsby-Black, Special Projects, CEO’s Assistant Omer Njajou, Statistical Support Keena Wells, Artist

You can donate on Facebook, too! 1209 McHenry Ave Modesto, CA (209) 522-1003 (209) 581-1695 Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 3rd Thursday Art Walk nights, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find us at the intersection of 13th and J Streets between the State Theatre and Crow Trading; right next door to the Camera Center.

Arts for Freedom is sponsored by Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Send your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS to: Peer Recovery Art Project, Inc. PO Box 5354, Modesto, CA 95353 Drop us a line or send a request to be included on our list of supporters.


October 2012 edition final  
October 2012 edition final