Recovering from drugs or alcohol can be a very long battle and now some artists in the region are telling their stories with the stroke of a brush.
"The more people tell their stories, the more we recover," Joan Swenson with Tallgrass Recovery said
Each and every one of us has struggles in life. Not all of them are visible to those around us, but these stories of addiction line the walls at an art gallery on North Phillips Avenue.
"It is just amazing the stories you get from people," Swenson said.
Swenson is a recovering alcoholic who works at Tallgrass Recovery. An art show for those with addiction issues and those affected by others' issues is her brain child. She's asked regional artists, regardless of their experience, to share their story on canvas.
"We had people do landscapes, scenery. We had people that talked a little more about their addiction and their art," Swenson said.
Roughly 50 artists will be showcasing their paintings on Friday, and they all have a story to tell.
"It is important that people understand that alcoholics are just normal people and that when you come out of it, you can do some marvelous things," artist Phyllis Jorgenson said.
Jorgenson's art work will be shown off on Friday. She's on the other side of addiction; her husband is recovering from alcoholism.
"It just lets people know that alcoholics can get well and I just love being able to let people now that they are good folks," Jorgenson said.
Jorgenson shows off her artwork proudly, putting her story in paint.
"I can share it and maybe do some good with it," Jorgenson said.
As for Swenson, she hopes this recovery art show is the first of many.
"This is only our first year. We would love to be able to have this every September, it's Recovery Month, and we have to keep it growing and growing and getting better and better," Swenson said.
The Recovery Art Show is Friday at 333 North Phillips Avenue. The show lasts from 6 to 9 p.m.