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July 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Artistic works by people with epilepsy in the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County’s Expressive Arts program is an art gallery event sponsored by Grossmont Center and La Mesa Arts Alliance which will include artwork by local San Diego artists.

For the entire month of August (opening reception on August 2nd) artworks created by people of all ages living with epilepsy and/or their loved ones will be on display at Grossmont Center for the first time. Their artistic creations can be viewed on Fridays from 5-8pm as well as Saturdays & Sundays from 12-5pm. The opening reception on August 2nd will be from 12-5pm, feature light refreshments and community art making. Adding to the excitement and atmosphere is the “Music Friday Sunset Summer Concert Series” featuring live music every Friday from 6-8pm directly across from the art gallery.

Supporters of the Foundation and the community are invited to stop by the gallery located in the shopping center in a space near Macy’s to view the many unique art pieces completed by the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego’s Expressive Arts and Studio E participants. Expressive Arts Therapy is a program that utilizes dance, music, drama, visual arts and poetry as a way to express themselves individually as well as to connect with others affected by epilepsy. 

There are over 50,000 people in San Diego who have epilepsy;  The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is dedicated to the prevention and control of seizure disorders, the alleviation of negative effects caused by such and the assurance of optimal quality of life for people experiencing these disorders.  Since 1954, The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County has actively helped families overcome the problems associated with this condition by providing free counseling, education and a variety of supportive services.

*Mixed media “Electric  Brain” piece was created by local artists Bret Barrett and Jake Burkesmith for the EFSDC and it's available for purchase after the event.

*Expressive Arts Program is facilitated by Amara Burkesmith, MA


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