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“Stay Alive, Make Art” Interactive Amos Lemon Exhibit

October 29, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Celebrates all that makes us love the power of the arts!

“Stay Alive, Make Art” Interactive Amos Lemon Exhibit
Opening reception is at 4PM on Saturday, October 29th, and closes on Saturday, November 26.
The Holleran Gallery will display a selection of the work of Amos Lemon Burkhart. “Lemon”, of Mohnton, was a driven young artist who created hundreds of paintings, works on paper, digital art, and animations between the ages of 15 and 19. He died tragically at 19, drowning in an accident fueled by a combination of Xanax and alcohol, after a year of struggling in treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, and issues around gender identity and relationships. His work is an emotional touchpoint that initiates conversations about mental illness, substance use, gender identity, and other issues that affect teens and young adults. His fascination with the human figure, the incorporation of animated “zoetrope” sequences, and sophisticated use of color and technique place his innovative works in a class of their own. As a junior at Governor Mifflin, Burkhart won the Coggins Award in the Yocum annual high school exhibit, and he was enrolled as a toddler in the Institute preschool.
In addition to the art on display, there will be several interactive stations that encourage participants to process emotions through reflecting, writing, reading, talking, playing games and making art. All the activities are evidence-based, grounded in neuroscience, and engage multiple learning modalities.
“Adolescents are experiencing a national mental health emergency. The exhibit we have created is one part of a critical community-wide system that supports mental health. The exhibit is packed with information and offers a lot of new ways to approach the topics of creativity, addiction, and mental illness. We hope that every young person in Berks County gets a chance to see the art and interact with the installations,” says Ann Lemon, the mother of Amos Lemon Burkhart and Executive Director of the Foundation dedicated to his legacy.


October 29, 2022
November 27, 2022
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