Charlton School Art Exhibit Scheduled at Ballston Spa National Bank

BURNT HILLS, NY (NEWS10) – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Burnt Hills Ballston Spa National Bank branch located at 770 Saratoga Road will host an art exhibit from May 1-13 featuring work by Charlton School students. The artwork in the exhibition is made up of several mediums and techniques, including mixed media paintings – combining all kinds of materials to create portraits, acrylic paintings, watercolors, pencil portraits , pen and pastel, to name a few.

Charlton School art teacher Mary Jo Bradley works with students to showcase their work in the capital region. She says students who were recognized for their work showed increased joy and confidence. “Making art is not only creating, it is also sharing with others what we have done. It’s the part of the process that builds both the artist’s self-confidence and the connection to their community,” she said.

The Charlton School is a New York State-approved high school and 24-hour residential treatment center for young women with mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-injurious behavior. In addition to education and social-emotional support, Charlton’s therapeutic services include art therapy, equine therapy, family therapy, social-emotional learning, and more.

“We are extremely grateful to our friends at Ballston Spa National Bank for their continued support of our work to give young women the skills they need to thrive in life and for helping to raise awareness of the need for essential services for adolescent mental health.” said Alex Capo, LMHC, Executive Director of the Charlton School. Mental health is at the forefront of the school’s mission and work, an issue highlighted every year during the month of May, known nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Reggie S. Williams