Picture: KERYN STEVENS Malcolm Derwas with some of his artwork that will be part of an exhibition at Burnside Civic Centre.
PAINTING has opened up a new world for Malcolm Derwas – and given his something to strive for. Mr Derwas, 54 of Semaphore Park, is one of the longest-attending participants in mental-health service Neami National's weekly art groups for people who live with a mental illness.
He attends classes at Port Adelaide but there are also sessions in Elizabeth and Murray Bridge. "I get satisfaction on my progress in my work and the interaction of the other artists," Mr Derwas says. Work by him and other artists in the program will go on display at the Burnside Civic Centre from July 1-24. Neami National arts coordinator Vass Hay says having the exhibition on top of the classes shows the artists their work is valuable. "It's a good opportunity for the artists to exhibit their work and it gives them a sense of pride," Mrs Hay says. The exhibition will be launched on Thursday, July 2, from 5.30pm at the Burnside Civic Centre, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore. Details: 8240 2566.
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