OKLAHOMA CITY– Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, Central Oklahoma’s bereavement center, is hosting Resilience: An Art Show & Auction, Saturday, June 25 through Thursday, June 30. The exhibit will feature over 40 local artworks interpreting resilience, life after loss, and hope after grief.
All proceeds from Resilience will benefit children and families who have experienced bereavement due to death, divorce or other significant loss.
The second annual art exhibition will begin with an opening reception on Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m. at the Calm Waters Center, 501 N. Walker, Suite 140, Oklahoma City. During the event, attendees will meet local artists, bid on artwork, and sample wine and appetizers. The event is free.
Participating artists will include Amanda Cole, Kerry Billington, Tim Kenney, Romy Owens, Jason Wilson, Denise Duong, Katherine Sanders, Roger Disney, Jamie Nickels, Stacy Haggard, Amber Nemecek, Kimberly S. Yates and Mr. Robinson.
“Art has such a beautiful way of communicating healing and hope, especially after loss,” said Erin Engelke, CEO of Calm Waters. “We are grateful for the support of so many local artists as we bring this unique event to Oklahoma City.”
Stacy Haggard, an artist from Edmond, is one of over 30 local artists to donate artwork for Resilience and is honored to support the work of Calm Waters. Two of her adopted children attended Calm Waters support groups after the loss of their parents – Stacy’s sister and brother-in-law.
“In the midst of the most difficult times as a family, counseling and having peers who were in similar situations meant the world,” Haggard said. “Knowing that someone else has been there and suffered similar trauma is like a warm, fuzzy blanket for our children.”
The price of the art will range between $50 and $2,000, with a “buy it now” price available in person at the reception of the art exhibition on Saturday, June 25 or via an online silent auction until Thursday, June 30.
To learn more about sponsorship, or for more details on participating in the art show opening, visit Resilience Art Show (calmwaters.org).
The Calm Waters Center for Children and Families offers free bereavement support services for children and families in their journey of bereavement caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since its beginnings in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 50,000 people in the Oklahoma City metro area through support groups in centers and schools.
For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit calmwaters.org or call 405-841-4800.