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Heart Therapy: A Downtown Eastside Art Show Features Unlikely Artists

What:  Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown Eastside. Media event & reception will be attended by many of the featured artists, City of Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, award-winning photographer Kevin Clark, and others.

When: MEDIA EVENT & Reception - Friday, November 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm with short program starting at noon; show runs Friday, Nov. 26th 5pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: Maurice McElrea Place, 361 Heatley Ave, Vancouver.

Why:   Can art heal? Try asking the artists featured in a show titled:  “Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown Eastside.” The show runs from Nov. 26-28, with a media-friendly opening event from 12:00pm noon to 1:00pm on Friday the 26th at 361 Heatley Ave., as part of the Eastside Culture Crawl.

The show is the culmination of two art programs hosted by Union Gospel Mission for the men and women from their Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program and Women’s Drop-In Program: The Creative Journey, with artist Pamela Masik, and Photography 101, with photographer Kevin Clark.

Elizabeth, one of the women who took part in the Creative Journey class, says the art is about more than creating something beautiful. “It isn’t just art, it’s healing,” says Elizabeth. “It’s a way to take everything that happened to me in the past and just let it out. I didn’t realize I had so much emotion in me!”

Says artist and mentor Pamela Masik, “I believe finding one's voice through art can be a very empowering. The women created amazing art and I am proud of them for their achievements."

About UGM

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for nearly 70 years. Through its 8 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. To find out more, visit

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