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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

Finding My Way
Artwork by Richard Duarte Brown

December 10 – January 30, 2015


The focus of Duarte’s show is his growing desire to connect with the family of mankind. Duarte abandoned by his father and confronted with the needs of his mother grew up quickly; helping her parent his four younger siblings.  “Living with mental illness and substance abuse was a normal way of life says Duarte. By the time I was thirteen. I was truant from school and drank alcohol to fit in.” One of his five older siblings Darnell moved to Ohio with a scholarship award to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. After a year Duarte moved in with him to work on his dream to find wealth as a fine artist with hopes of fixing his family.

Duarte paints from a place that probes intense relational desires of the heart with bursting and vibrant colors using various texture derived on mixed media surfaces that communicate his cry for life. Duarte feels compelled to provide outlets for teenagers to have places to create dream through community spaces. Duarte has spent the last thirty years partnering with GCAC, Ohio Alliance for Arts and Education, Short Stop, Transit arts, and Central Community House and many others places as a Teaching Artist. Duarte was honored with the Art Educator award from GCAC in 2013. Duarte was chosen to be Key note speaker for OAEA in 2014. Duarte partners with community leaders to create healthy environments for young people to grow.


Opening Reception:
Wednesday December 10, 2014
5:30pm - 7:00pm

131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Gallery Contact:

Kim Webb, (614) 225-0990 ext. 1208

PR Contact:
Myken Pullins, (614) 225-0980