Local Hurricane Harvey recovery group to host art exhibition Aug. 25

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On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, a local community group is offering residents a chance to reflect on the event and promote recovery through art.

Fort Bend Recovers…With Creativity is a branch of Fort Bend Recovers, the county-sanctioned recovery group to help residents of Fort Bend County recover from disasters such as Harvey.

The group will present a free art show from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 25 at Sugar Land’s Constellation Field entitled “The Harvey Experience.” Amy Harkins, a psychologist with Easter Seals Greater Houston and a volunteer with Fort Bend Recovers, said the art display is intended to help residents of Fort Bend County as well as neighboring counties heal mentally and emotionally from Harvey, which some families are still struggling with.

“[Research] shows you can change your stress indicators biologically by writing about your feelings,” Harkins said. “We started with the idea of a writing project and then quickly asked the question— ‘Well, couldn’t other forms of art be just as healing?’—and the answer is yes.”

Fort Bend County residents could submit artwork of any kind, including performance art, quilts, paintings, sculptures and others prior to Aug. 1 for consideration to be included.

“It’s wonderful to invite a Fort Bend County resident directly impacted by Harvey to share their experience in whatever creative work of art they would like to submit, whether it’s a Harvey quilt or rap song,” event co-organizer Kathy Renfrow said.

Sarah Beth Baca, a Fort Bend artist participating in the exhibition, said she had seen how important art is for healing after the storm. Her home did not flood, but relatives stayed with her family during the storm.

“When I heard that Fort Bend Recovers was putting this project together, I was thankful and excited to see our community have a visible way to process through all we went through collectively and as individuals,” Baca said.

Exhibition goers will also be able to participate in the project by making artwork on-site.

Kalette Alspaugh, owner of Beautiful Feet Studio in Richmond and a volunteer with Fort Bend Recovers… With Creativity said there will be painting projects and multimedia craft projects for children 5 years or older to participate with using the theme “building bridges.”

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R. Hans Miller joined the Community Impact team in June 2017. He is a recent graduate of Texas State University's College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a U.S. Army veteran, husband and father. He is originally from Montana. He has written for VoiceBox Media and the San Marcos Daily Record, among others. He covers city government, emergency services, local business development and other topics for the Katy area.
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