Mastering art through therapy

Sue Curry, Philomena Masters, Yvette Mech, Merle Cranwell, Quyen Hicks, Gillian Roulston, Betty Pengilly and Chris Burgess. Picture: Matt Jelonek    d445694
Sue Curry, Philomena Masters, Yvette Mech, Merle Cranwell, Quyen Hicks, Gillian Roulston, Betty Pengilly and Chris Burgess. Picture: Matt Jelonek d445694

A group of 11 artists are taking part in the month-long show, Art Where Jacarandas Bloom, which is running at Houghton�s Winery Gallery in Middle Swan.

Masters, of Dramatic Glass Designs Studio, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after suffering minor strokes and a mental breakdown about 18 years ago, marking the end of her successful business career.

By chance, she discovered a new passion through art therapy at a Joondalup hospital and has since focused her energies there, along with raising funds for mental health.

With the support of her artist friends, she has raised nearly $18,500 in about two years.

Masters will be displaying her latest fused-art glass creations, named the Glass Weave, where she uses 1mm-thick pieces of glass known as �stringer� to create her new designs.

The exhibition began on Saturday and is open daily at 148 Dale Road from 10am to 4pm until November 24.

Entry is free, but gold coin donations will be accepted and part-proceeds from all sales go to Lifeline WA.

For more, call 0411 841 945 or email mosaic@iinet.net.au.