The Art Of Recovery

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The Art Of Recovery Story

     The Art of Recovery Exhibit started September 2014. It was the brainchild of two addicts, one with a year clean time and the other with 2 years. One, a photographer who had not used his tools in months, the other a seasoned artist. They sought a way to combine their talents and gifts as a means of using art to supplement their ongoing recovery process. Held at the Within Bookstore and Cafe located in Lake Worth Florida, this project allowed people to explore aspects of their life through artistic mediums they may not have been able to convey in a conversational format.  

     Today the Art of Recovery encompasses an art show and film festival the is sobriety and recovery centered. It continues to resonate with a large section of our population and inspire hope in the lives of many struggling with addiction issues.

Manny Mendez

Painter

Florida native, Manny Mendez received his school of hard knocks diploma in some of the hardest correctional institutes since he was a youth. After gaining his physical freedom he began a long journey to free his mind from the prison of addiction. Through it all his comfort came in the form of art. His work has been featured in many exhibits and recovery centers through out the nation. Featured in several films thru his national organization Foreel, Manny is a true inspiration.

Vic James

Photographer

Tennessee native Vic James has been residing in Florida for 3 years. A documentary subject in the film, The Art Of Recovery, Vic uses his photography and prints to shape how people view recovery. 

Our Key Staff

Charlie Birnbaum

Film selection

Film Director & Stonzek Theatre
Manager. In this capacity Charlie has overseen the L-Dub Film Festival

Richard Jackson

Film selection

Through his company NYCEFLix film director Richard Jackson has had his films featured in several national and local film festivals