Ever wonder what someone’s thinking, how the world looks to them? A group of artists living with mental illness shared their view of things in a special exhibit hosted by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness).

‘The Mind’s Eye’

The artwork created for “The Mind’s Eye” was for sale, with proceeds going to the artists. There was something for everyone — paintings, sculpture, jewelry — and those attending the May 30 gala at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge were putting the red “sold” stickers on a majority of the entries. The exhibit was curated by Kelsey Livingston, who missed the show because of a trip to Italy. Stepping in for her was interim curator Tristan Hahn.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefited NAMI, an organization for those with mental illness and their families. It seeks to educate the public about mental illness and to eradicate the stigma often attached. For more information, visit the website nami.org.

Ochsner thank you

The volunteers of Ochsner Medical Center were fêted at its eighth annual luncheon at the Baton Rouge Country Club May 29. A highlight of the get-together was a style show featuring some of those volunteers sporting the latest summer fashions from Chico’s at Towne Center. They included Geri Blazek, Patricia Clark, Ina Dugas, JoAnn Graphia, Beverly Horn, Louisa Post, Gerry Rodgers, Jane Wilkins and Deborah Whitfield.

Luncheon-goers also heard from hospital CEO Eric McMillen, who thanked them for the part they played in the hospital achieving Hospital of the Year status from the Louisiana Nurses Association and landing in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety from Healthgrades. He also said that Ochsner became the first in the state to earn the “baby friendly” designation for promoting breast feeding. “We worked on this designation for three years,” added McMillen.

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