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Artistic windows reveal insight into mental illness

It is an event that was born from a home remodeling job and an environmental challenge.

Marcy Coster-Schulz, a board member for the Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. (MIRCI) remodeled her home in the Shandon neighborhood several years ago. Rather than take the castoff vintage windows to the landfill, she challenged others at MIRCI to find a use for them, said Sarah Ross, public relations coordinator for MIRCI.

The windows were turned over to artists to repurpose as works of art for auction, and the fundraiser 52 Windows emerged.

Today, 52 Windows is in its fourth year. This year’s event will be held Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at 701 Whaley Street.

The event no longer solely features windows as works of art, but includes a range of styles and mediums. Artists participating this year are Michael Gray, John Stuart, Janet Kozachek, Lee Malerich, Rob Shaw, Glenn Saborosch, Steven Whetsone, Page Morris, Mary Gilkerson and Chappy Manning.

Attendees will be able to purchase the artwork by silent auction. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres by Aberdeen Catery, an open bar, and live music by KBC Trio.

Tickets are $75 each, or $125 per couple, and are available at the door, online at www.mirci.org, or by calling (803) 786-1844.

The proceeds from the event will support MIRCI’s Housing and Homeless services. MIRCI provides services to individuals who are homeless and have a mental illness. The Housing programs help transition individuals and families into stable supported housing.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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