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Artists sought for Tropical Storm Irene Photo Response project

Owners look over the destruction of a home in Keene the morning after Tropical Irene came through the North Country Aug. 29, 2011.

Owners look over the destruction of a home in Keene the morning after Tropical Irene came through the North Country Aug. 29, 2011. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Moments of peril can inspire people to do extraordinary things — those who aided locally in disaster relief are now receiving help themselves from community artists through an art show inspired by the wreckage of Tropical Storm Irene.

The Long Term Recovery Group of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties asked artists to channel the mixed reactions of three photographs taken in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene into art work.

“We’re hoping to see all kinds of pieces come in, I like the idea that the artists can go in so many different directions with this assignment,” Caroline Johr, counselor and disaster case manager at the Long Term Recovery Group said. “It will be interesting to see where people go with this.”

The photos can be viewed by visiting the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts webpage at plattsburgharts.org. Work should be submitted by Feb. 9 and can be created using any visual medium. The only requirement is work should be 5 by 7 inches in size or smaller. The work will be put up for sale on Feb. 16 at a presentation at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 30 Brinkerhoff Street, as part of their Disaster Awareness Day.

On Feb. 16, from noon to 5 p.m., the work will be on display and people can walk through the gallery at NCCCA and view the exhibits. There will also be family activities and demonstrations on community preparedness.

Members of the Long Term Recovery Group will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. to discuss the different aspects of efforts done in the aftermath of a disaster. Johr said representatives will be available to discuss what services are offered to those affected and how people can get involved to help.

From 3:30 to 5 p.m. there will also be a showing of a documentary by filemaker Rob Koier titled “Strength of the Storm,” Johr said. The documentary is the story of a community coming together and organizing to create change emerged out the wreckage from Tropical Storm Irene.

Proceeds of the exhibit, called the Photo Response Project, will be used for continued long term recovery efforts in the surrounding counties and will help prepare for future disasters.

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