For the fourth consecutive year, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and the Lemont Center for the Arts are hosting a special exhibit featuring the artwork of Timberline Knolls' residents and staff. The art exhibit, titled "Honesty,"will be open for public viewing at the Lemont Center for the Arts from July 11 through August 24. Honesty is the core principle behind Step One in the 12 Step Traditions of recovery.
Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls located in Lemont, offers treatment for eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Many residents use art therapy to explore inner emotions. It's a safe way to express strong and sometimes sensitive or destructive feelings. It can be used for stress and anxiety management, to enhance communication between individuals and groups, and to explore change.
The art therapy staff at Timberline Knolls reports that by using acrylic paint, collage and mixed media, canvases portray an individual’s artistic expression of the meaning of honesty in life and recovery. From symbols of hope to the darkest of secrets, each piece of artwork is the voice and mark of one artist expressing their truth. Residents and staff hope to empower themselves and share their experience with others by expressing strengths and struggles through their work.
The Lemont Center for the Arts serves as the Art & Culture Commission headquarters and provides classes and workshops to all residents of Lemont and the surrounding area. The Center also presents exhibits by local artists and art groups.
A special piece in the exhibit titled “Letting Fly” will be featured with music recorded by Timberline Knolls’ spirituality coordinator, Todd Warren. The display includes sealed, anonymous scrolls tied together and suspended from a tree branch collected from the grounds at Timberline Knolls. Within the scrolls are images and words that express feelings, memories, relationships and other aspects of an individual’s story that the writer hopes to “let go” of in their life.
The Lemont Center for the Arts is located at 1243 State Street, Unit 101 in Lemont. Hours for the center are: Friday noon to 4 p.m.;Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.