Second Annual Student Show and Sale

In July, CVG will be hanging our Second Annual Student Show and Sale. Please bring a maximum of 2 of your best pieces done at CV in the last year to be a part of this show. They must be professionally presented so either framed and wired for hanging or matted and in plastic sleeve so it can be hung with sticky tape. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS! Put artist name, class, medium and price (or NFS) on the back. There will be Peoples Choice Awards. Bring your work in to CVG by July 1st. The Open House (and voting) will be July 13 from 10-12noon so bring food to share, along with friends and family to see your work and meet the teachers. Make yourself and your teachers proud!!!!

How Art Can Help Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that in recent years, mental health conditions have been rising across the U.S., especially among youths. What’s even more unsettling, is that most Americans with mental health conditions don’t receive adequate care. But what if we told you there was a way to help? Recent studies have suggested that one of the best forms of therapy for those struggling with a mental health condition is, in fact, art. Here’s how:

Emotional releaseHow Art Can Help Your Mental Health

Sometimes emotions can’t be put into words, and when you’re unable to express yourself, it can lead to a lot of pent-up anxiety and stress. Art, however, provides you an outlet without words, allowing you to express and let go of all of your feelings, fears, and insecurities.

Stress relief

Painting, drawing, and other forms of art will not only release pent-up emotions, but also give you a break from your anxious thoughts. Art forces you to focus on the task at hand, the present moment, and in that way it’s very similar to a meditation practice. Everyone needs a break, after all, and your mind is no different.

Self-esteem builder

Creating something with your own hands is a rewarding experience that few can describe. And, if you keep completing projects, you’ll be able to watch your progress as you turn from novice to expert. The process will give you a feel of accomplishment, boosting your confidence in yourself and your abilities. Even more, you’re focusing on positive experiences and emotions, instead of negative ones.


Art doesn’t have to be a solo activity. By participating in art classes or workshops, you can make friends and interact with people. Socialization is proven to help those with mental health issues, giving them a sense of belonging and a supportive group they can turn to in times of need.

Here at Creative Ventures Gallery, we believe that the creative process enriches all lives. So, if you’re struggling with mental health issues, sign up for one of our classes or workshops and see how art can be a positive force in your life.

Small Works – BIG IMPACT Show

  • This is an Open show for local artists
  • Originals only – no prints
  • Drop off dates – Oct 27-Nov 1 (no Oct 29), 10am-2pm unless other arrangements are made
  • Opening will be Nov 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Pick up dates – Dec 27-30, 10am-2pm unless other arrangements are made
  • Outside dimensions including frame is limited to 12” in any direction
  • No sawtooth hangers
  • 2-D work (including fiber) must be wired and ready to hang
  • No nudes, photography or jewelry for this show
  • Works included can be oil, watercolor, fiber, acrylic, pastel, drawing, color pencil, hand-pulled prints, mixed media, sculpture
  • $5 per piece with 3 piece limit
  • No work that requires special installation or instructions will be accepted
  • Artist/Gallery split will be 75/25.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • Don’t see your medium listed – call us and ask – 603-672-2500

Click the link below for the form to fill out.

Small Works-BIG IMPACT show prospectus