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Local artists move into Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford

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Stamford, CT | Added on September 14, 2014 At 01:09 AM

Local artists are on a mission here in Stamford, moving into this gallery on Bedford Street where they’re using their talents to open our eyes.

Some sculpt, others weave or paint, but each artist here at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is united on one thing:

"I really understand the importance of those after-school programs," said artist Ben Quesnel.

Quesnel is referring to the Yerwood Center, a non profit in Stamford that serves the minority community. Recently it's become plagued by financial issues and alleged mismanagement. Some say the government has not been a leader in solving those issues. Today’s exhibition called “Overlooked” is looking to use the power of art to hold government accountable.

And today is just the beginning. Artists have now moved into this studio, where they will spend hours each day working on their craft. Community members can stop by during this time, and watch the change unfold. On the Second of October, the final works will be debuted.

Ben Quesnel tells his story with cardboard, an inexpensive material he uses to convey social inequality.

 Meanwhile, over here you can find Shelby Head. She’s reaching into history and remembering another time the country saw a lack of government inaction: Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

That’s just two of the four artists you can find here.  There are also eight others working throughout Fairfield County, who will also debut their works here on October 2nd.  The pieces will be available on display until October 4th.

 

 


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