Mindscapes NB brings together artists hit by mental illness

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Fifty artists from across New Brunswick who are bound together by mental illness are displaying the release they find in art in Fredericton.

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The Mindscapes NB show is at the Student Union Building at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. It’s exactly the kind of location organizers wanted — highly visible to a daily traffic of students.

“I know, even in the time we’ve had the paintings up in the past couple of days, students have been stopping and asking questions about it,” said Rice Fuller, president of the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association, which puts the show together.



People got a chance to view the art on Thursday at the Mindscapes NB show. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)



Rachel Comeau was 19 when she got hooked into the bottomless craving of cocaine.

“It’s a disease that eats you up, and you can’t survive a day without it,” said Comeau.

Clean and sober for five years now, the single mother of three talked openly about losing a decade of her life.

“It put me on the street, homeless — for a few years,” said Comeau in front of her paintings.

“I’ve been through some pretty horrific things. I’ve been shot, and poisoned through arsenic, and paralyzed, so after so many years of going through it, I said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and got help.”