Les Impatients' Exhibit Shows the Healing Power of Art

There’s a small sunset in the corner of one of Ryan Day’s brightly coloured collages. Cars, trains and airplanes dominate the canvas, almost bursting out of its borders.

That might be because Day is intent on going somewhere now. He has plans to make a career out of art. The soft-spoken 34-year-old says joining Les Impatients, a collective of artists who live with mental-health issues, changed his life.

His work and that of other members of the collective is on display at the Wellington Centre in Verdun until Wednesday, May 3.

Day’s mother, Maria Trudel, has watched her son’s self-confidence grow in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Day’s father died recently; Trudel is convinced her son’s involvement with Les Impatients is the reason he’s been able to deal with the loss as well as he has.

“Art is the tragedy of life suspended,” says Les Impatients founder and president Lorraine Palardy, quoting philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.