Organizers have extended to Saturday, February 8 the AboutFace exhibit, on now at the Open Studio, 93 Cedar Street.
Ron Beltrame, the coordinator of Cambrian College’s graphic design program, says the response to the exhibit has been fantastic so far, and he hopes to keep building momentum.
“It’s brought together college students and clients of the Samaritan Centre in a new way,” Beltrame says. “It’s been an amazing project. It’s allowed us to challenge common notions and to reframe the narrative surrounding poverty, food insecurity and homelessness. The response by the community has been great. I think we’ve opened eyes and created more awareness of a group of individuals in our community who are often hidden in the shadows.”
The public is invited to take one last look at the AboutFace exhibit on February 8. At 2:30 p.m., 11 classical guitar students from the Cambrian College Guitar Ensemble will perform to close out the show.
About the project:
During three nights in November, a group of students, faculty and alumni of the College’s graphic design program had the opportunity to photograph and record stories of hope and heartbreak from clients of the Samaritan Centre, located at 344 Elgin St. The experience challenged some of the misconceptions surrounding the Centre’s clients, and of the strength and dignity they possess in the face of hardship.
“Many of the students were really surprised to learn the stories and histories of the people who access the Centre’s services,” Beltrame continued. “It really gave our students an opportunity to interact with a group of people with whom they may otherwise have had little connection.”
On December 12, the Open Studio opened its doors to the exhibition. The students hoped that by sharing portraits and stories of the individuals they met at the mission, the community-at-large would come to recognize our similarities, rather than our differences.
“The exhibit really draws in viewers, and I hope it will enable the public to see that we’re all basically the same,” Beltrame adds.
All of the exhibit’s proceeds have been donated to the Samaritan Centre, which offers meals to hungry people in Sudbury, as well as a health clinic, laundry services, a warm shelter during cold alerts, counselling and help with housing.
For more information or to learn more about upcoming exhibits, visit www.theopenstudio.ca.
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Mary K Keown, communications officer
(705) 566-8101, ext. 7587
Ron Beltrame, coordinator
Graphic design program
(705) 566-8101, ext. 7598