Spring Gallery Night and Benefit for National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Des Moines (NAMI GDM)

 Friday April 13th 5:00 - 9:00pm.

Artisan Gallery 218 will host a NAMI GDM benefit evening with portrait selections from Kline-Misol's Awakenings Project which shines a positive light on the recovery of those among us who have struggled with brain and addiction disorders.

The catalog which features 30 portraits and stories will be available this evening for a donation of $25.00 which will benefit NAMI GDM.

In addition, we will have copies for sale of Nathan Nash's new book on parental advocacy entitled "Looking into the Eyes of a Wayward Riddle". Purchasers will be able to visit with Nathan and have him sign the book. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit NAMI Greater Des Moines.

This book is the story of a single father and the enormous challenges endured while raising his mentally ill, adopted son. The content tells the story of this adoption and how behaviors exceeded the communities' abilities, effectively rendering the family torn apart. The narrative also discusses the navigation of the insurance and school system to advocate for a special needs child. The intent of this shared story is to help foster ideas with other struggling families so they may find peace again within their own families and their children will also find the help they so desperately want.

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