Daemen College Adjunct Professor Portrait Series Focuses on the Homeless

November 13, 2013

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Bobby Mills
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Daemen College Adjunct Professor and distinguished Western New York arts community leader, Gary L. Wolfe, is featuring his Out of Darkness: Putting a Face on Homelessness portrait series at the Artspace Buffalo Gallery in downtown Buffalo. The exhibition is a collaborative project between the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Service Centers Hope Center, and the artist.

Mr. Wolfes exhibit is running at the Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main Street, from November 1st through the end of December. Close to 350 persons attended the opening Reception at November 1st opening of the exhibit, including many of the models who are the subject of Mr. Wolfes paintings.

Gary Wolfe is also working with Daemen Colleges Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement to help promote Homelessness Awareness Month in the Region. Mr. Wolfe serves as an Adjunct Professor at Daemen College, teaching Introduction to Visual Arts at the Colleges Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The primary goal of this project has been to raise public awareness of the plight of the homeless through portraits painted in a technique that captured not only the vulnerability and social alienation experienced by these individuals, but also their human dignity and the hope to which they cling, Wolfe stated in the Artists Statement in his publication of his works entitled Out of Darkness: Putting a Face on Homelessness: A Portrait Series by Gary L. Wolfe.

Wolfe paid tribute to the Matt Urban Hope Center for giving him the chance to prepare this Portrait Series, and has agreed to donate 30% of all sales of his original paintings toward the Matt Urban Hope Centers Hope Gardens project, a twenty-unit residence for chronically homeless women currently being constructed on the East Side of Buffalo.

The Portrait Series features paintings of at least 28 homeless citizens of Buffalo. According to Wolfes Artist Statement, each model was interviewed and has provided a quote to accompany her or his portrait. The paintings were produced on a medium of tarpaper and hand-weathered wooden shingles to elevate the subject matter to iconic status.placing high detail in light, low detail in shadow.
(J. Tim Raymond in his Preface to Wolfes publication).

Mr. Wolfe concludes his remarks in the Artist Statement by thanking the men and women who shared the story of their lives with such openness and honesty as they sat for portraits. You have changed my life.

For further information on Mr. Wolfes Portrait Series at the Artspace Gallery, please contact Mr. Wolfe at

wolfeg@roadrunner.com or (716) 430-0629. Mr. Wolfe will be at the Artspace Buffalo Gallery to discuss his work, on the following dates and times:

Friday, November 15 from 12 to 2 PM
Sunday, November 17 from 2 to 4 PM
Thursday, November 21 from 6 to 8 PM
Wednesday, November 27 from 12 to 2 PM
Saturday, November 30 from 2 to 4 PM

Tuesday, December 3 from 6 to 8 PM
Sunday, December 8 from 4 to 6 PM
Wednesday, December 11 from 6 to 8 PM
Saturday, December 14 from 3 to 5 PM
Tuesday, December 17 from 4 to 6 PM
Saturday, December 21 from 3 to 5 PM
Monday, December 23 from 12 to 2 PM
Saturday, December 28 from 3 to 5 PM
Tuesday, December 31 from 6 to 9 PM

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