The Art Gallery

 We welcome your original artwork on mental health, wellness, life-affirming and life-embracing themes.

Click here for submission process.

Paving Pathways to Happiness 

“Friendships are like Pieces of a Quilt
Stitched Together Tightly with Friends”

The goal of Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is to give children the best possible start in life through education, literacy, social-emotional development and school readiness programs, and to provide support and opportunities for parent involvement in their child’s development. 

In the words of Pathways Center Director Michelle Blackmon, “We were honored to participate in a mental health art project with NAMI Collier. Creative play and emotional resilience are important components of our educational philosophy. I led this highly interactive art project for our older children and designed it as a teachable momenttalking with the students about healthy ways to express their feelings. I incorporated the lesson into all four of our Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) classes. The Pathways family was very fortunate to have BUCK – I – SERVE Volunteers from Ohio State University, assist us with this amazing project. The Ohio State students worked with 37 VPK students, ages 4 to 5 years old. The theme for the project was, What Makes Me Happy. We took each child’s individual piece of art and wove it together in a huge creative art installation that includes this quote, “Friendships Are Like Pieces Of A Quilt Stitched Together Tightly With Friends”. It radiates positive energy; the parents love it and it brings smiles to the entire Pathways community. 

Pathways is celebrating their 55th year—the longest running childcare and education center in Immokalee. They operate year-round and currently serve a total of 122 students, ranging in age from 4 weeks through 5 years; most come from families at or below poverty levels. The Pathways team works in collaboration with community partners to launch their students on the pathway to a bright and successful future. Click here for more info.  (Double click on images two times to fully expand.)

We Celebrate Collier Child Care Resources 

BIG IMPRESSIONS BY LITTLE ARTISTS

Collier Child Care Resources’ (CCCR) 2019 “Big Impressions by Little Artists” Project launched in January, with a series of talented local artists creating original, expressive art with the children, ages 2 to 5 years old. This year, four local artists collaborated with the children at all four of CCCR’s early childhood development centers in Collier County, FL. The artwork was in the artist’s signature style, which introduced the little ones to new styles of art, new mediums and lots of fun! Art has a major role in the educational philosophy CCCR uses for early education. This educational philosophy, Reggio Emilia, incorporates daily art experiences to aid in the development of young children’s social, emotional, academic, and motor skills. The culmination of the project was a signature immersive art experience for guests— the Big Impressions By Little Artists Gala— in on March 28, 2019, at the Naples Art Association that showcased the artists, the children and an art auction benefitting CCCR. CCCR’s early learning programs assist low-income and at-risk young children, ages 1 through 5. 

Meet the Artists 

PAULA BRODY

Dynamic energy and vibrant color are the consistent elements among the diverse styles of Paula Brody’s paintings. Her mixed media collages combine acrylics, watercolor, inks, oil pastels, fibers, fabric and found objects. Paula’s unique three-dimensional paper sculptures have won numerous awards in juried shows. Her artwork is featured at Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery in the Naples Art District. Paula believes that everyone has artistic talents just waiting for expression. Her painting workshops at Inspirations and at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs emphasize the joyous process of color mixing and letting beautiful paintings simply emerge through immersion in the process without a focus on the outcome. Click here to view her website.
 

NALIN ISME

 

Nalin grew passionate about art at the age four the summer of 2013 when he learned that he could be famous for simply having fun. His work is abstract and full of color. Nalin loves the quote by Picasso that says “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,” and “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not,” by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Nalin is a young artist that is evolving, he is inspired by well-known artist such as Haring, Pollock, Van Gogh and many others. He loves learning new techniques from his Mom, locals, social media and YouTube. To briefly describe Nalin’s work, in his words, “It has to come from the heart, you have to want to create and just have fun. I love when my work is colorful, the details are important, and it’s more fun if it’s messy.” Click here to view his website.

MARVIN ROUSE

Rouse first recognized his interest in colors, inspired by his uncle, and began drawing at the age of five. Rouse started his business at 18 years old providing local Indianapolis homeowners and businesses his design services, with everything from album covers to large scale wall murals. In May of 1998, Rouse relocated to Naples, FL and established his business, Rouse Designs, LLC, providing the community with a creative service built mostly through word of mouth. Now, 20 years later, the artist has a growing presence in the area. His art is about love and emotions expressed through color, thought provoking images to encourage feelings of happiness, and expressing the emotions we all share. Click here to view his website.

MARCUS ZOTTER

Marcus Zotter’s artwork can be seen all over Naples and throughout Florida, from murals on buildings to inside restaurants and even boardrooms. He creates sculptures, drawings, paintings, murals, and contributes his works to many non-profits in the SWFL area. Marcus graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) with a Bachelors of the Fine Arts as well as a Certificate of the Fine Arts. His wife, Beatriz, assisted him with this project. Click here to view his website.

Meet The Cooks – Comfort Food for the Soul 

A Courageous Survivor Touched By Angels

A Brother Who Touched Her Heart (and Ours)

Megan Cook Vincent has lived life at the extremes, touched by trauma, death, courage, resilience, determination, faith, miracles, the unconditional love of family and the kindness of angels. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, she enrolled in an accelerated program at the Florida Institute of Ultrasound in Pensacola. On March 26, 2005, on her way home from Pensacola to celebrate Easter with her family in Vicksburg, MS, her life changed forever. She lost control of her vehicle causing it to flip 3 times, each flip crashing her skull into the highway’s pavement. Just before her vehicle burst into flames, Megan who was unconscious, was pulled to safety by an unknown passerby who also called 911 – the first of many angels in her life.

She spent 10 days in an induced coma, underwent an emergency craniotomy to remove a portion of her skull, suffered a stroke that permanently paralyzed the right side of her body, and survived numerous brain surgeries. Then she began the arduous journey to rebuild her life and regain a level of independence, starting with the basics – learning how to walk, talk, control her movement, and try to regain her memory. Her journey has been blessed by more than 100 caring angels – speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists, her Ole Miss Chi Omega sorority sisters, and most of all her childhood sweetheart Peter Vincent (now her husband), Peter’s mother, and her devoted parents, Naomi and Jim Cook. “The response from our Vicksburg community was overwhelming,” says Naomi.

Megan continues to undergo treatment fourteen years after her traumatic brain injury and she is determined to reach her full potential. “I don’t give up. I don’t even say ’why?’ I just don’t think about the negative. I think about the positive. I can’t look back, I have to keep on keeping on and look forward to my next obstacle,” she says.

Megan and her older brother, Jim Jr., shared a mutual love of art. But three years after her accident, her brother died by suicide, leaving the family with even more heartache. Many other families would have been broken by such tragedies, but one thing Megan has never lost is her optimistic outlook on life, her determination and faith in human kindness, and her love of art. It’s obvious why angels feature prominently in her photography and her paintings. And recently, as Naomi packed away the Christmas decorations, she found a gift – an long-hidden box of Jim Jr.’s artwork – which she and husband Jim generously shared with us. Come see what’s cookin’ at the Cooks! (Double-click on images to expand.)

Ally’s On Our Mind…

We like to check-in with our WriteOnMyMind.com artists from time-to-time to see how they are doing. Recently, we re-connected with Maria Alejandra (Ally) Diaz Currea, the talented artist who inspired the logo for www.WriteOnMyMind.com. Ally is the niece of Adriana Gyorkos, system navigator of the Health Under Guided Systems (H.U.G.S.) Program at NAMI-Collier County, FL. She has been very busy over the past four years. Ally is in the final stage of earning her undergraduate degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, in her homeland, Bogotá, Colombia. It is a 5-year program. Currently she is doing an exchange program in Mexico City, which she hopes to complete in 6 months. She then plans to undertake a 6-month hotel internship and complete her degree in December 2019. She shared that her artistic talent has positively influenced the way she has approached her college studies; applying her creative skills and being open to new opportunities where she can strengthen her academic capabilities. As for her plans post-graduation, Ally would like to work at different hotels and travel around Europe and other locales to broaden her world view. When she has time, she still enjoys drawing and painting. We are so happy Ally is reaching for her dreams and working hard to make them a reality. We wish her safe travels. Here are some of her more recent works of art and images from her culinary adventure in Mexico. (Double-click on images to expand.)


Eye Candy Delight from

Child’s Path Early Development Center

Collier Child Care Resources

This project, “What Makes Me Happy”, offers a lens into the inner world of one to five-year-olds and the simple things that bring them joy. All the children from Child’s Path, a CCCR Early Childhood Development Center, were guided by volunteers from CarMax Naples to illustrate what makes them happy, and the result was a colorful mix ranging from birthday cake to the beach!  Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) is a non-profit organization that provides partial tuition assistance for high-quality early childhood care and education to working families that struggle to afford childcare. Five local CarMax employees, salesmen and managers, made a one-year commitment last June to volunteer with the young children of CCCR for one hour each month. These gentle guys did not just help the children glue and paint. They laughed with children. They interacted with the shy ones and helped make connections. This project and the volunteers that helped them are wonderful sources of encouragement and social bonding that are so crucial at this stage in their young lives.

A Warm Salute to Everglades City Public Schools

4th & 5th Grade American History Course Artists

Art Gallery Slideshow

Art teacher James Tribble inspired his 4th and 5th graders to express their views on their recent American history course. Come view their uplifting patriotic artwork. Everglades City was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the community’s resilience is inspiring. Thanks to Everglades City Public Schools Counselor Carolyn Rambosk for coordinating this project.

 


We Welcome the Marco Island Academy

High School Art Students

Art Gallery Slideshow

Art teacher Rob Eder invited Deena Baxter to visit his class on November 28, 2017. Deena spoke with the students about surviving sudden loss and ways we can use art to help us heal. She brought a guest – spoken word artist Lenz Dalusma – who performed two poems: MASK and GLASSES. His messages were inspiring. Afterwards, the students worked on an art project that expressed their emotions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and other recent trauma in their lives. Marco Island was hit very hard by the hurricane and many of the students and their families continue to deal with the aftermath months later. We are honored to showcase their powerful and emotive artwork. Thank You Marco Island Academy Art Students!


We Welcome the NAMI SW Missouri Hope Center

Self-Expressions Workshop Artists

Art Gallery Slideshow

 “Eye Candy” for the soul – in a range of flavors from bitter to sweet: That’s what you’ll find in this artwork from NAMI of Southwest Missouri Hope Center in Springfield, Missouri. In the words of Hope Center Director Addie Blankenship, “We are providing free painting and art classes to all the peers who utilize our center, and we focus on recovery-based art…painting about their journey in recovery from mental illness.” Here are some of the paintings and sculptures from the center’s June 9th Self-Expressions Workshop artists – Abigail, Addie, Anngie, Jillian, Josh, Ra’Mon, Tina and others. We are delighted to be part of their healing.

 

Introducing Carl Dean Smeed

 Talented Illustrator

“A Born Enthusiast”

Introducing Naples, FL, Illustrator: Carl Dean Smeed is a native of Naples, FL, and a long-time member of the Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center community at NAMI of Collier County, FL. As an infant, a fall from his crib resulted in serious brain injury that impacted his ability to see, walk and talk. Through force of will, determination, and true grit he overcame many of these obstacles. He has used his innate talent as an illustrator to express his emotions – at times forceful and powerful, at times restrained and reflective. A self-trained artist, he started drawing at the age of four and developed his talent by observing other artists, practicing and developing his own style. Carl describes himself as “a born enthusiast.” His freehand illustrations, created with felt tip markers, are extremely detailed: most include a profusion of vibrant colors. Inspirations for his illustrations and body art designs (tattoos) come from the joys and sorrows of his life experiences and travels. He hopes to try other art media, perhaps a story book that consists of pictures with no words. He can be contacted at cdsmeed@gmail.com.

Welcome to the David Lawrence Center

Art Therapy Program Children Artists

“Nature’s Way”

Art Gallery Slideshow

We proudly welcome these talented children from the DLC Art Therapy Program. Abbey, Bella, Casey, Chloe, Jamie, Jayde, Karina, Logan and Zane are using art to constructively explore their feelings, fears, and hopes. Through the creative process of artwork, they are learning valuable life skills, including conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and stress relief. Based in Southwest Florida, the David Lawrence Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. Click here for more information.

 

Welcome to the NAMI of Collier County, Florida

Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center

 “Miscellany”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Our NAMI-Collier Artists have been busy and creative. Here’s a glimpse of some great artwork.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website

Welcome to the Lely High School

 “What Makes Me Happy”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Happiness is important: knowing what makes us feel good is individual and personal and we find it in different ways and in a variety of people, places and things. We are thrilled to share new artwork from a second Lely High School class. Modified Curriculum 2 Life Skills Teacher Nicole Cholka led her eight students in an inspiring art project titled, “What Makes Me Happy.” We hope these creative images will make you happy, too.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website

Welcome to the Lely High School

 “Messages From My Heart”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Special thanks to Life Skills teacher and Golden Apple 2014 Honoree Jacqueline Williams from Lely High School, Collier County, Florida. Jackie led her ten talented students in a creative, life-affirming art project. We are honored to welcome these very special artists to WriteOnMyMind.com.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website

Welcome to the Potpourri

Art Gallery Slideshow

Here we showcase artwork from our Global Community.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website


Welcome to the NAMI of Collier County

Art Gallery Slideshow

Thanks to the NAMI of Collier County Anything Goes: Art-From-The-Heart project team: Rosemarie Kirk, Susan Joy Smellie, LMHC, ATR, and Lisa Blount, and artists who contributed artwork to this project and inspired this website.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website


Future: Welcome to the Global Art Gallery Slideshow.

Click here for submission process.

PAULA BRODY

Ally’s On Our Mind…

We like to check-in with our WriteOnMyMind.com artists from time-to-time to see how they are doing. Recently, we re-connected with Maria Alejandra (Ally) Diaz Currea, the talented artist who inspired the logo for www.WriteOnMyMind.com. Ally is the niece of Adriana Gyorkos, system navigator of the Health Under Guided Systems (H.U.G.S.) Program at NAMI-Collier County, FL. She has been very busy over the past four years. Ally is in the final stage of earning her undergraduate degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, in her homeland, Bogotá, Colombia. It is a 5-year program. Currently she is doing an exchange program in Mexico City, which she hopes to complete in 6 months. She then plans to undertake a 6-month hotel internship and complete her degree in December 2019. She shared that her artistic talent has positively influenced the way she has approached her college studies; applying her creative skills and being open to new opportunities where she can strengthen her academic capabilities. As for her plans post-graduation, Ally would like to work at different hotels and travel around Europe and other locales to broaden her world view. When she has time, she still enjoys drawing and painting. We are so happy Ally is reaching for her dreams and working hard to make them a reality. We wish her safe travels. Here are some of her more recent works of art and images from her culinary adventure in Mexico. (Double-click on images to expand.)


Eye Candy Delight from

Child’s Path Early Development Center

Collier Child Care Resources

This project, “What Makes Me Happy”, offers a lens into the inner world of one to five-year-olds and the simple things that bring them joy. All the children from Child’s Path, a CCCR Early Childhood Development Center, were guided by volunteers from CarMax Naples to illustrate what makes them happy, and the result was a colorful mix ranging from birthday cake to the beach!  Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) is a non-profit organization that provides partial tuition assistance for high-quality early childhood care and education to working families that struggle to afford childcare. Five local CarMax employees, salesmen and managers, made a one-year commitment last June to volunteer with the young children of CCCR for one hour each month. These gentle guys did not just help the children glue and paint. They laughed with children. They interacted with the shy ones and helped make connections. This project and the volunteers that helped them are wonderful sources of encouragement and social bonding that are so crucial at this stage in their young lives.

A Warm Salute to Everglades City Public Schools

4th & 5th Grade American History Course Artists

Art Gallery Slideshow

Art teacher James Tribble inspired his 4th and 5th graders to express their views on their recent American history course. Come view their uplifting patriotic artwork. Everglades City was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the community’s resilience is inspiring. Thanks to Everglades City Public Schools Counselor Carolyn Rambosk for coordinating this project.

 


We Welcome the Marco Island Academy

High School Art Students

Art Gallery Slideshow

Art teacher Rob Eder invited Deena Baxter to visit his class on November 28, 2017. Deena spoke with the students about surviving sudden loss and ways we can use art to help us heal. She brought a guest – spoken word artist Lenz Dalusma – who performed two poems: MASK and GLASSES. His messages were inspiring. Afterwards, the students worked on an art project that expressed their emotions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and other recent trauma in their lives. Marco Island was hit very hard by the hurricane and many of the students and their families continue to deal with the aftermath months later. We are honored to showcase their powerful and emotive artwork. Thank You Marco Island Academy Art Students!


We Welcome the NAMI SW Missouri Hope Center

Self-Expressions Workshop Artists

Art Gallery Slideshow

 “Eye Candy” for the soul – in a range of flavors from bitter to sweet: That’s what you’ll find in this artwork from NAMI of Southwest Missouri Hope Center in Springfield, Missouri. In the words of Hope Center Director Addie Blankenship, “We are providing free painting and art classes to all the peers who utilize our center, and we focus on recovery-based art…painting about their journey in recovery from mental illness.” Here are some of the paintings and sculptures from the center’s June 9th Self-Expressions Workshop artists – Abigail, Addie, Anngie, Jillian, Josh, Ra’Mon, Tina and others. We are delighted to be part of their healing.

 

Introducing Carl Dean Smeed

 Talented Illustrator

“A Born Enthusiast”

Introducing Naples, FL, Illustrator: Carl Dean Smeed is a native of Naples, FL, and a long-time member of the Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center community at NAMI of Collier County, FL. As an infant, a fall from his crib resulted in serious brain injury that impacted his ability to see, walk and talk. Through force of will, determination, and true grit he overcame many of these obstacles. He has used his innate talent as an illustrator to express his emotions – at times forceful and powerful, at times restrained and reflective. A self-trained artist, he started drawing at the age of four and developed his talent by observing other artists, practicing and developing his own style. Carl describes himself as “a born enthusiast.” His freehand illustrations, created with felt tip markers, are extremely detailed: most include a profusion of vibrant colors. Inspirations for his illustrations and body art designs (tattoos) come from the joys and sorrows of his life experiences and travels. He hopes to try other art media, perhaps a story book that consists of pictures with no words. He can be contacted at cdsmeed@gmail.com.

Welcome to the David Lawrence Center

Art Therapy Program Children Artists

“Nature’s Way”

Art Gallery Slideshow

We proudly welcome these talented children from the DLC Art Therapy Program. Abbey, Bella, Casey, Chloe, Jamie, Jayde, Karina, Logan and Zane are using art to constructively explore their feelings, fears, and hopes. Through the creative process of artwork, they are learning valuable life skills, including conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and stress relief. Based in Southwest Florida, the David Lawrence Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. Click here for more information.

 

Welcome to the NAMI of Collier County, Florida

Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center

 “Miscellany”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Our NAMI-Collier Artists have been busy and creative. Here’s a glimpse of some great artwork.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website

Welcome to the Lely High School

 “What Makes Me Happy”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Happiness is important: knowing what makes us feel good is individual and personal and we find it in different ways and in a variety of people, places and things. We are thrilled to share new artwork from a second Lely High School class. Modified Curriculum 2 Life Skills Teacher Nicole Cholka led her eight students in an inspiring art project titled, “What Makes Me Happy.” We hope these creative images will make you happy, too.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website

Welcome to the Lely High School

 “Messages From My Heart”

Art Gallery Slideshow

Special thanks to Life Skills teacher and Golden Apple 2014 Honoree Jacqueline Williams from Lely High School, Collier County, Florida. Jackie led her ten talented students in a creative, life-affirming art project. We are honored to welcome these very special artists to WriteOnMyMind.com.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website


Welcome to the Potpourri

Art Gallery Slideshow

Here we showcase artwork from our Global Community.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website


Welcome to the NAMI of Collier County

Art Gallery Slideshow

Thanks to the NAMI of Collier County Anything Goes: Art-From-The-Heart project team: Rosemarie Kirk, Susan Joy Smellie, LMHC, ATR, and Lisa Blount, and artists who contributed artwork to this project and inspired this website.(Double-click on images to enlarge. Double-click again to further enlarge.)

 Three-Leaf Cluster Content Break for website


Future: Welcome to the Global Art Gallery Slideshow.

Click here for submission process.