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Creating art can often be a form of catharsis. This is certainly the case for Jenn Merz, whose series Undisguised is currently showing at the Payge Gallery in Denver’s art district on Santa Fe.

“The purpose of the series was to channel my pain, insecurities and fears into my art,” said Jenn. “By allowing this vulnerability I was able to illustrate the emotional stages I experienced in my journey to healing resulting in some semblance of enlightenment and peace. The journey has been a long hard road from a personal and artistic perspective.”

In addition to displaying her art, Jenn has also used this show as an opportunity to raise awareness about The Blue Bench. “The Blue Bench provides a safe place for people who've experienced trauma. They get the help they need. They also educate the community and loved ones on how trauma manifests itself in survivors,” she said.

Undisguised will show at the Payge Gallery until March 1, 2020. The gallery’s hours are Sunday 1 – 4 p.m., Thursday 12 – 5 p.m., Friday 12 – 9 p.m. and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.

Jenn Merz (left) and Karmen Carter, executive director of The Blue Bench, standing in front of one of the pieces from Undisguised.

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