The Kelowna Art Gallery opened their doors Friday evening to “Doors of Hope”, a unique campaign that empowers people in need to share their daily struggles through photography.
Organized by the fundraising arm of Kelowna Gospel Mission, known as the 30K Club, the calendars provide a brief glimpse into the often difficult lives of those who took them.
Volunteers received single-use cameras and were asked to take pictures of their lives, with twelve selections appearing in a 2013 Calendar benefitting clients of the Mission.
One of those volunteers, Albert Palmer, who moved to Kelowna from Ontario a year and a half ago, has had an “amazing transformation” according to Phaidra Jenner, a case-worker at the Mission.
Mayor Walter Gray, who was in attendance along with several other high-profile members of the community, was also impressed.
“It’s just outstanding,” he said. “If enough people get involved, we can really solve a lot of problems.”
In addition to the special one-night showing at the Kelowna Art Gallery, the twelve photos selected for the calendar will be on display at the Alternator Gallery, Nov 19-25.
The calendars are available at both Mosaic Books locations for the suggested donation price of $10.
Doors of Hope
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