To The Daily Sun,
When I went to the Creative Recovery Art Exhibit at the Belknap Mill last week, I wasn't sure what to expect. Artist Elaine Morrison, one of the River Crew Art sponsors of the exhibit, had told me about the show. The artwork was done by members of our community who happen to be homeless. What could people who have so little create, I wondered? Thanks to River Crew Art, these people have the tools of photography, writing and painting and more. They even put together a collage in honor of a friend who had died.
I was so taken by the richness of the photography, the angles, the lighting, the shadows and the color! And the paintings were just wonderful. I especially liked Velvet's bright fish painting, which, she explained, would be hung at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for children in the hospital. She wanted to brighten their lives! Some of the participants wanted to give back to our community in this way, by sharing their view of what's around us.
What a gift! To us!
Please, if you get a chance, go and look. The show is there until July 14. I hope you will SEE the homeless in a new way, a way that doesn't press them into the shadows but makes us realize they are part of our community regardless of their place or non-place of residence. They are here. they are creative and curious and hopeful. I am hopeful for them.
To those artists, thank you! I see you. I appreciate your work and your vision.
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