For Immediate Release: FOTM Learning To See Art Showcase – 6/16/2014

Contact: Aimee French 805/653-2501
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS – Learning To See Youth Outreach
All images have publication releases.


June 24 – July 14, 2014

Reception July 1 from 4:30 – 6:30pm

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Join Focus on the Masters (FOTM) and Turning Point Foundation for an exhibition featuring artwork created in FOTM’s Learning To See art program through Turning Point’s Quality of Life Project by residents of Board and Care Homes who struggle with serious mental and physical health challenges. This exhibition celebrates their endeavors and serves as inspiration for all in our community.

FOTM’s award-winning art program, Learning To See, inspires students using the lives and works of extraordinary FOTM documented artists. Turning Point’s Quality of Life members have participated in the LTS program for 7 months. Each class offers them the valuable opportunity to engage with others, express creativity and emotion, practice physical dexterity, and gain a sense of accomplishment as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.

Now celebrating its 20th year of programming, Focus on the Masters is an art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy society. With an emphasis on critical thinking, innovation and tolerance, LTS nurtures our students with a greater caring for our community and tolerance of cultural diversity.

Turning Point Foundation addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults, serving more than 500 clients each year through its shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs. Turning Point improves our communities by helping those facing mental illness remain or become functioning, integral community members. They are a critical support organization for families dealing with the devastation of mental illness.

Participating sites: The Elms in Ventura and Sunrise Manor in Oxnard

Sponsored by: Focus on the Masters and Turning Point Foundation
For more information about Learning To See, contact or 805.653.2501

Turning Point Foundation
(805) 652-0000