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December 27, 2014
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Freedom’s just another word...

Singer Sharon Paige performed "torch songs" for the crowd at the DVAA.


Twenty-eight artists and poets are represented at the gallery, and curators Rocky Pinciiotti of the DVAA and Mary Greene of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective were both in attendance at the opening reception. “Each year, the poets, photographers and gallery goers all share the warmth and love this show brings to our town” said Pinciotti, and Greene added that the exhibit is “a perfect antidote to the snowy chill of midwinter.” Singer Sharon Paige performed torch songs, accompanied by bassist Bob Lohr and pianist Kevin Vertrees for a large crowd of enthusiasts, while attendees were given an opportunity to express themselves in the “Be Mine Photo Booth” and to contribute to “Love Lines”—a magnetic board on one wall that allows anyone the freedom to write a poem for all to see. This exhibit is free, open to the public, and runs throughout the Valentine’s Day (don’t get me started) season.

Freedom of expression is also on public display in Liberty, NY in the form of the “Green Door Project” (www.greendoormag.com). Sponsored by the locally grown magazine, the installation allows anyone who wishes to participate an opportunity to have their voices heard. For the next few months, residents have been accorded the right to write, and it appears that they are doing so in droves. I cruised by the other day to check it out before giving Green Door editor Akira Ohiso a call. “The art wall is asking residents of Liberty to voice their wishes for what is to become of the dilapidated theatre on Main Street,” he informed. “Poignantly, the youth have spoken... and I hope the grown-ups are listening.” Publisher Ellie Ohiso adds that “responsible living is more than the pages of a magazine. It is about being responsible in your community and how the smallest actions can exact change. Sometimes, it is about asking the right questions.” Here here.