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Lemont Center for the Arts showcases works from Timberline Knolls

LEMONT – For the third year, patients at the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont are sharing their artwork in a show at the Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State St.

The exhibit, “Honesty 2013,” is on display through Aug. 25.

Timberline Knolls treats women dealing with eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction and mood disorders.

Melissa Rocchi, art therapist and director of clinical operations at Timberline Knolls, said art can be a valuable part of the recovery process, covering topics such as addiction, recovery, trauma and hope.

“It is a way for them to express things that are really hard for them to say out loud or they don’t even have words for,” she said.

Rocchi said displaying the artwork is a way to empower women and educate the community.

“It’s a way to reach out into the community,” she said. “It really reduces the shame.”

The collaboration between Timberline Knolls and the Lemont Center for the Arts was set up by Randy Vick, a former center commissioner.

Vick is an art therapist and taught some of the Timberline Knolls staff members at the Art Institute of Chicago. When the center was looking for exhibits, he suggested the art therapy program at Timberline Knolls.

“It’s one more way that we involve artists from the community at the center and that is our mission,” he said.

Rocchi said people will be impressed by the quality of the artwork, but she hopes they get more out of the show than that.

“We have some amazing and talented artists,” she said. “But I think that takes a back seat to the actual content of what’s displayed.”

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