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What happens at the Auction and Dinner?

At the AOR Auction and Dinner at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on more than 20 pieces of original artwork that have been collaboratively created by teams that pair talented client artists and professional artists. Featuring a live auction with unique items as well as a silent auction of all artwork created in the program, the entire evening highlights the fact people can recover from mental illness with the appropriate supports.

What is AOR?

The Art of Recovery (AOR) is a nonclinical program offered in which client artists collaborate with professional artists to create original artwork. Artistic mediums include, but are not limited to watercolor and oil paintings, collage, sculpture, mixed media, and photography.

Why Does SMHC offer AOR?

AOR’s purpose is to 1) Raise critically needed funds to support services for individuals with severe mental illness and emotional disorders and limited financial resources., and 2) Reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. Revenue is generated from the sale of artwork and through corporate sponsorships. Artwork completed within AOR will be displayed and sold at the final Art of Recovery Event on Thursday, May 28th at Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth.

How Does AOR Work?

There are no “rules” regarding how teams collaborate provided individual participants are satisfied. On occasion, trained SMHC staff assist teams in defining the nature of their collaboration--where artwork will be created, how often participants expect to meet, transportation issues, etc. In addition to providing ongoing support, SMHC hosts optional monthly “coffeehouse” meetings to provide opportunities for all participants to share their AOR experiences with one another.

Art of Recovery

Auction and Dinner–6 pm, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Help raise funds for people in need of mental health services and have fun at the same time. To learn more, click an arrow to the left. To purchase tickets, click the buttons below.

Purchase your tickets today!

Platinum Ticket – $125
Includes admission to Auction and Dinner and sponsors an artist to also attend.

Gold Ticket – $100
Includes admission to Auction and Dinner and helps cover cost of art supplies.

Silver Ticket – $75
Includes admission to Auction and Dinner


AOR in Video


Event Sponsor

Safe Homes Real Estate

Affiliated with Keller Williams Coastal Realty

CGI Business Solutions

Team Sponsors
Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, P.A
Exeter Hospital
Corporate Sponsors
Kennebunk Savings
Optima Bank & Trust
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Art Supply Sponsors
Addiction Recovery Services
Daystar, Inc.
Dwyer, Donovan & Pendleton, P.A.
Fred C. Church
Lindsay Josephs

MacDonald and Black, PLLC

Pediatric Associates of Hampton & Portsmouth, P.C.
CMH Wealth Management, LLC
Happy at Home Care
Waddell & Reed, Inc.