Nicola Carpinelli, a Bend artist and musician, has been painting all his life. His art career took him to Seattle where he opened his own gallery.
Struggles in his personal life and substance abuse took him to a dark place.
“I had several times where I was feeling suicidal and a couple of times where I actually attempted.”
A musician friend invited him to play in Bend, where he eventually settled. And started painting again.
Next Tuesday, September 10th at 7 p.m., his show “Dead Poets” will open at Peterson Roth Gallery in downtown Bend. The show features portraits of famous artists painted in Carpinelli’s free flowing abstract style.
The opening will also feature a panel discussion on suicide prevention with Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there is help available twenty four hours a day. Just call 1-800-273-8255.