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Fresh A.I.R. Gallery exhibits the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, we educate the community and work to break down stigma of mental illness and substance abuse disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery opened its doors in September of 2004 to celebrate Southeastís 25 year anniversary and typically sponsors between five and eight exhibits a year. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is a project of Southeast Healthcare.







Current Exhibition


Fresh A.I.R. Gallery presents

Embracing OCD

by Mary Swanson

July 29 – September 11, 2015


Mary Swanson grew up in Rockford, Illinois, the youngest daughter of an artist and business owner. She spent most of her childhood in art galleries surrounded by artists and creative people. One of her fondest memories as a child was participating in a college level painting course with her mother at Rockford University.  During her teen years she attended a private high school where creativity was pushed. During college she pursued a path of computer graphics but later found a passion for teaching.  In 2004 she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she attended DePaul University to receive her BA in Secondary Art Education with a minor in painting. In 2006 she accepted a high school teaching position in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she currently resides.

Her work in this exhibition takes a critical view of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Each piece depicts her every day fears/struggles and triumphs dealing with the disease. The subjects are often depicting herself as the main focal point.


Opening Reception:
Wednesday July 29, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm

131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Kim Webb, (614) 225-0990 ext. 1208

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