Artwork for Restoration: Ebook of art work tells tales of dependancy and the street to restoration

Artwork for Restoration, a 10-year-old community-wide occasion and non-profit group geared toward elevating consciousness about substance-abuse dependancy and the necessity for accessible sources to deal with it, has revealed a coffee-table ebook that celebrates the artists and art work concerned within the effort.

The complete-color, 300-page ebook options prints of 260 artworks produced by artists who have been recruited to create works depicting the darkness of dependancy and brightness of restoration. Artwork for Restoration: A Decade of Artistic Expression to Encourage Change in Treating Dependancy will debut on Sept. 23 at a dinner-auction scheduled for six p.m. on the Nevada Museum of Artwork, 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. Tickets can be found on-line.

 “Artwork for Restoration’s mission is as very important as ever,” mentioned the group and occasion’s founder, Stacie Mathewson — who herself misplaced her son to the opioid disaster, in 2013. “This ebook will likely be a permanent testomony to the necessity for our nation to develop extra accessible and efficient schooling and remedy for substance abuse in our communities.”

The quantity with its evocative artworks is a reminder that “the disaster is actual, and healthcare options are urgently wanted,” Mathewson mentioned.

Artwork for Restoration started in 2014, when the non-profit group put out a name for artists within the Reno-Lake Tahoe space to embellish vintage doorways salvaged from the historic First Church of Christ Scientist constructing in Reno, which was being renovated into the Lear Theater. The theme of that mission was  “Doorways to Restoration” —encouraging folks hooked on medicine or alcohol to seek out remedy and help, and for his or her households and buddies to speak extra brazenly in regards to the illness and help efforts to develop options for treating it.

The artist neighborhood responded: 38 doorways have been embellished and displayed round city that summer time, then auctioned off on the Nevada Museum of Artwork to profit the nonprofit Remodeling Youth Restoration. That group was creating facilities for data and remedy for dependancy on greater than 100 faculty campuses.

Artwork for Restoration continued as an annual occasion to lift consciousness in regards to the true nature of dependancy, and to foster hope that help is out there. The occasion expanded to incorporate work, sculptures and different media. In all, 160 artists created 260 artworks throughout the previous decade.

Artwork for Restoration is extra very important than ever, Mathewson mentioned.

“In 2023, there’s a seemingly never-ending epidemic of catastrophic drug misuse and abuse threatening our nation’s youth, and our society as a complete,” she mentioned. “…Hardcore narcotics akin to fentanyl have discovered their approach not solely onto the road however into faculties and workplaces. The opioid disaster has upped the stakes on the perils of drug abuse.”

Mathewson’s son, Josh, was among the many greater than 560,000 People who’ve died from an opioid overdoses prior to now 20 years. “Dependancy is blind to somebody’s social standing, schooling, ethnicity, faith or area,” she mentioned. “It hits each group of individuals. And it’ll take all of us to show again its rising tide.”

Artwork for Restoration: A Decade of Artistic Expression to Encourage Change in Treating Dependancy, is out there in customary version ($40 plus transport and dealing with) and a deluxe, slipcase version ($100 plus transport and dealing with). Every version is hardback with foil-stamped covers. Gross sales of the ebook will profit Remodeling Youth Restoration, whose mission is investing in the way forward for youth and households by bringing analysis, solution-based applications, and sources to substance-use issues, remodeling the pathway for lifetime restoration. Copies of the ebook will be ordered by emailing