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October 31, 2013

NACC artist brings the homeless into the light

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“I wanted the media to reflect the whole concept of home and homelessness,”  Wolfe said. Artspace, where the exhibit is being held, is a low cost residence for area artists, at 1219 Main St., in Buffalo. Local artist and writer J. Tim Raymond, president of the resident’s board at Artspace, has been helping Wolfe organize the exhibit.  

Raymond says the exhibit helps to draw attention to homelessness, a subject which many tend to avoid. “We want people to understand there’s a very large population that are marginalized to the point where we’re up against it with them,” he said. “And we really  need to address the situation.” 

The original paintings will be for sale and part of the proceeds and donations from the event will go to the Matt Urban Hope Center, the Restoration Society’s Harbor House and the Homeless Alliance of WNY, but Wolfe hopes the exhibit will move people beyond a monetary considerations to thoughts of the lives of his subjects.  He has invited an array of people from government and community leaders along with area artists and all of those depicted in his exhibition.  He wants everyone in the same room, sharing the same space.

“My new mantra is ‘there is no they — it’s all us,’” Wolfe said.

 

 

IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Out of Darkness" exhibit opening by Gary Wolfe • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 • WHERE: Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St., Buffalo • MORE INFO: Call Artspace at 706-9152

 

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