When: Tue., June 24, 7 p.m. 2014
What makes an artist? What drives someone to create a painting, a composition or write a novel? While many academic categories of art exist, not every artist easily fits into prescribed meanings. Alan Russell-Cowan - AKA Alan Streets - is one such artist. Afflicted with Paranoid Schizophrenia, Streets struggles with the desire to be a great painter, while battling delusions and auditory hallucinations. My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures examines Streets's life, the role art and painting play in it, and how mental illness intertwines with artistic creation and perception. Q&A to follow.