Memories In Clay


Exhibition Dates:
May 16th-June 21st, 2014

Opening Reception:
Closing Reception: Third Friday, April 18th, beginning at 5 PM.
Meet the Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 6th, beginning at 6

Memories in Clay in a unique exhibition which comes to us from the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.  It combines elements of African-American history and preservation with Art Therapy.

Margaret Boozer of Red Dirt Studios worked in collaboration with the patients of the Eastern Shore Hospital Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to create the artwork in this exhibition.  The clay used to create the artworks comes from”The Hill”, a University of Maryland excavation site in Easton, MD, the first, free, longest-continuing African-American neighborhood in the United States.

Imagine being an individual in a residential mental health facility – one’s decision-making is very limited due to needing to follow a strict regimen.  The Art Therapy process allows freedom and creative self-expression.

Art provides opportunities to think more creatively and allows one to discover or re-discover talents and strengths.

Art provides opportunities for finding one’s own solutions to problems. Art may help in strengthening independent decision-making skills through the arts process.

Art Therapy may help enrich self-esteem through a continuous mastery of art media and art techniques – through one taking pride in his or her own work.

Art Therapy can also help define one’s own identity beyond the label of “psychiatric patient.”

Patients can identify themselves as artists and individuals with goals, talents and strengths.

There are several other benefits to art therapy in an in-patient psychiatric facility. Art allows people to build upon their strengths. For example, one can continue to gain mastery in an art medium to which they are familiar.

For more information, please contact:

Judith A. Slaughter, Coordinator – Volunteer Services
Eastern Shore Hospital Center
P.O. Box 800
Cambridge, MD   21613
(410) 221-2358


Please join us May 16th-June 21st at the Salisbury University Downtown Galleries as we open our new exhibition, Memories in Clay.
Reception: May 16th, 5-8pm, Salisbury’s 3rd Friday.

Margaret Boozer works with the Eastern Shore Hospital Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Patients to create Memories in Clay. The clay used in the exhibition is from a University of Maryland excavation site- the location is the first, free, longest continuing African-American community in the United States.