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‘Safe?’ exhibit raises issue of at-risk children

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road, will present the collaborative exhibition “Safe?” an installation of paintings by Robert Markey and photographs by Julie Orfirer, on display Jan. 18 through to Feb. 20.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Geissler Gallery.

The Ashfield couple will also offer a public gallery talk on their installation earlier in the day at 2:40 p.m. in Geissler Gallery.

The Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organizers say, “this exhibit comes out of a project creating mosaic murals with at-risk children in Brazil and Cambodia, working with the environmental police in both countries to depict species at risk in local habitats. While in Cambodia, the couple became aware of the “magnitude of human trafficking — both sex trafficking and slave labor trafficking — and the brutality of which it is a part.

In addition to publishing a book about their project, Markey and Orfirer developed this installation of paintings and photographs as a means for juxtaposing the risk that so many children face with the faces of the children with whom they worked and connected ... The exhibition shows the relationships forged with these children, highlighting the heart-breaking and precarious circumstances so many children experience.”

Pictured above, a portrait by Markey, untitled, oil on canvas.

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