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Catholic Charities’ After Supper photographers exhibit work

Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Artist 2Amie Davis says she doesn’t take pictures as much as they take her. She was walking down the street when she saw a red bicycle against yellow flowers, with a blue- and red-striped CTA bus in the background. The color was intensified by the sun- light, much the way a building can look dull one day, but all Oz-like angles an- other, she said.

Davis’s bicycle photo was displayed at Catholic Charities’ 12th annual After Supper Visions exhibit and sale June 6 and 7 at its 721 N. LaSalle St. headquarters. The 60 photographers in the exhibit were participants in Catholic Charities’ Tuesday Night Suppers, which serves as many as 130 persons weekly, some of them homeless or nearly homeless.

The idea behind After Supper Visions is the empowerment of dinner guests, who receive disposable cameras to record their view of what is interesting in Chicago. Volunteers process the photos and the guests select their best prints for the display. Proceeds help the photographers with security deposits for apartments, with paying utility bills – or with buying a new digital camera and computer for their artwork, as Davis did.

Tommy Lark is a singer and musician who wants to use his photo exhibit proceeds to record a Gospel CD with other little-known musician friends. He estimates the cost at under $2,000.

Lark exhibited a photo of a man running up the stairs at the end of the Oak Street Beach tunnel that features a large portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

However, he said his favorite photos are of nature.

“People take an awful lot for granted: the change of the seasons when you capture it, when winter turns to spring before the leaves bud,” Lark said. “The leaves know when to get born, the grass when to come up in the spring. They’re God’s creation and we’re God’s creation. Everything obeys God’s creation except Man.”

Prints and notecards from the exhibit are available at http://After- suppervisions.com.

Suzanne Hanney
StreetWise Editor-In-Chief

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