Art of Recovery

This year’s Art of Recovery benefit has moved to a virtual format, due to coronavirus concerns. We are excited for you to join us to celebrate art, recovery and our community - from the comfort of your own home or office!

The auction will be live from August 2 - 6, but you can preview the art now. Click here to browse the auction website.

The annual Art of Recovery benefit, hosted by Community Support Services, has showcased more than 200 original art pieces since 2016. The artists are clients of CSS’s Expressive Arts Therapy program, living with severe and persistent mental illness. Art of Recovery showcases these clients’ creativity and talents, while fighting the stigma of mental illness and celebrating the powerful impact that creative expression has in the mental health recovery process.

Art of Recovery 2020 - Virtual Event Details

Honorary Chair: Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer

  • Live virtual event will be held Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • 55+ pieces of original artwork will be showcased in an online auction format. Bidding is open from Noon on August 2 to 7:00 PM on August 6.
  • 75% of proceeds will go to the artist and 25% will be reinvested in CSS’s Expressive Art Therapy program

    Questions? Contact Michael Gaffney at 330-996-9141 ex. 433 or

Artist Spotlight 

This year's Spotlight Artist is Bradley R. He describes the artistic process this way:

"When I start a new painting, I feel inspired. In fact, I paint every day! It's always fun to begin and create the design.

Being a 'part-time' artist has inspired me to become a more creative person, as well as a 'better man.'

My grandma, who is an artist, has been giving me art lessons in drawing and acrylic painting for many years. She enjoys teaching me new techniques, as well as designing my canvas." 

Butterfly Abstract, Acrylic and Tissue Paper on Canvas, Bradley R.


Event Sponsors

A rousing ‘thank you’ to our generous sponsors for making Art of Recovery 2020 possible! For information on sponsorship or to support this event, contact Michael Gaffney at 330-996-9141 ex. 433 or

Master Artist Sponsors

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Master Apprentice Sponsors

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Apprentice sponsors

Roetzel & Andress
Smith Godios Sorensen
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Patron of the arts Sponsors

Bober Market Fedorovich
Tzangas Plakas Mannos
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Akhia Communications

Non-Profit Supporters of the Arts

City of Akron
North Coast Community Homes
NAMI Summit County
Portage Path Behavioral Health
Goodwill Industries
Vantage Aging

In-Kind Sponsors

Akrona Galleries
91.3 The Summit
Premier Printing & Signs