MOUNT VERNON — March 30 is the annual observance of World Bipolar Day (WBD) throughout the world. WBD also honors the birthday of Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890), a notable post-impressionist painter whose work, after his death highly influenced 20th Century art being known for its beauty, emotion and color. Artist van Gogh struggled with bipolar throughout his life.

Bipolar is mental condition that can produce a change in moods from mania to serious depression — moods that often produce suicidal ideation. It is said that van Gogh died by suicide. On March 30, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Knox Licking County Ohio and The Main Place (Newark and Knox County) will hold an open house featuring work by area artists that speaks about their emotions of living with such unwanted and debilitating diseases as bipolar, depression, anxiety and other serious disorders of the brain.

The exhibit is free and the public is invited to attend. Open House hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., on Friday, March 30, at the NAMI KLCO headquarters, 15 E. Vine St., Mount Vernon.

Some artists may be on hand to talk about their work. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The art will be also displayed during the month of April at NAMI KLCO during regular office hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 740-397-3088.

On May 16, NAMI KLCO and The Main Place will join together with the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County, 6:30 p.m., to show the film “Loving Vincent,” the world’s first, fully painted and animated biographical drama film about the life of van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. The event will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


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