Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

First Friday Art Walk Stop Previews Children's Artwork before Auction Event

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

First Friday Art Walk Stop Previews Children's Artwork before Auction Event

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Fifteen works of art by children and teens with mental health issues were on display at a First Friday Art Walk stop.

The artwork was created by 18 artists ranging from 4 to 17 years old, who are clients at Family Service and Guidance Center, a nonprofit community mental health center in Topeka. Its display at Warehouse 414, an art walk stop at 414 S.E. 2nd, served as a preview for FSGC's annual Works of Heart fundraising event.

Pam Evans, FSGC's director of marketing, said the kids create their pieces either during a series of art nights held at the center or during therapy sessions.

"It allows them to express themselves when they might not find words for what they're thinking," she said.

Each year, featured artwork is selected from more than 100 pieces created by the children, Evans said. …

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