NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has announced that it will no longer hold its Sunflower Art Competition and Tallest Sunflower Contest. After 10 years of this successful community event that used art and horticulture to spread awareness of mental health issues, the Sunflower Art Committee made the difficult decision to end the program.
The committee members — Leslie Carroll, Melissa Lyans, Marilyn Moyle, Millie Braunstein and Nancy Temple — wish to thank all the artists, gardeners, volunteers and friends for their participation and support over the past decade. Since 2003, more than 3,000 works of sunflower art filled the Davis Art Center in early June and hundreds of gardeners have vied for the honor of growing the tallest sunflower in Yolo County.
Photos of some of the artwork and tall sunflowers can be seen on the Seeds of Hope website, www.namisunflowers.org. For more information on local mental health resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 530-756-8181 or visit www.namiyolo.org.