“Going Places” at Grand Circle Gallery
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“Going Places” at Grand Circle Gallery

Grand Circle Gallery welcomes longtime Foundation partners Artists for Humanity for a special exhibit through January 15

Alan Lewis, Susan Rodgerson, and Sneha ShresthaOn November 11, 2010, Grand Circle Gallery and Artists for Humanity (AFH) teamed up to present "Going Places," an exhibit that features 50 pieces of hand-painted, recycled luggage, Keds slip-on sneakers, and messenger bags, painted by young artists participating in the AFH program. The show will run through January 15, 2011.

The collaboration directly supports the missions of both AFH and Grand Circle Foundation—and it's not the first time the two organizations have partnered in ventures that support Boston's inner city teens. "Our mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing underserved youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts," said AFH Executive Director Susan Rodgerson.

Leading their efforts is AFH Mentoring Artist Sneha Shrestha, a recent graduate of Gettysburg College, who has won numerous awards for her work as an author, painter, and illustrator. Originally from Nepal, she was recently awarded a grant to open a children's library at the Pancha Kanya School in Chhauni, Katmandu, Nepal. Shortly after the facility opened, Shrestha established the SHOO project, through which she funds supplies for the library from the sale of hand-painted shoes. A portion of the proceeds generated from sales of the painted items in "Going Places" (the items on display will be available for sale following the close of the exhibit) will be donated to the fund, which has served as inspiration for this project.

The theme of this exhibit allows students great diversity in their subject matter, said Shrestha, adding that they can interpret "Going Places" from a physical, spiritual, or intellectual view. The aptly-named show carries over well to Grand Circle Gallery, which will extend its current exhibition of vintage travel posters to serve as an elegant background to the installation.

From Grand Circle Gallery, the show will travel to Logan Airport in Boston. Rodgerson is also considering several spaces in New York City to exhibit beginning in the spring of 2011.

A sampling of featured artwork:

     
     

Planning on visiting the Boston area before January 15? Visit the Grand Circle Gallery website for hours, directions, and more.