In July and August, the Arts Center of Cannon County’s Marly Berger Gallery is featuring “Why Are You Surprised I’m Still Here?” This exhibit consists of Billy Kaufman’s collection of handmade signs on cardboard, used by the homeless community to convey need, express fears and strengths, and communicate their plight as the homeless in America. Over 60 per cent of homeless citizens struggle with mental illness or addiction. Kaufman’s collection sensitively reveals the travails of the homeless, sometimes spotlighting brief moments of joy and compassion. Combined with moving photographs and commentary, this unique show should not be missed.
Kaufman noted, “Over the years I have encountered all types of people flying signs. Whether the message is sincere or not each sign is a unique form of expression and like most aspects of human creation, when taken out of its environment, can be see anew, as art. Hidden in each sign is a reflection of the people of America who have fallen through the cracks for whatever reason. The signs they fly are their stories, their livelihood, and sometimes their last link to society.”
Admission to this exhibit is free and open to the public. The Marly Berger Gallery located in The Arts Center of Cannon County is open 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Arts Center is located in Woodbury at 1424 John Bragg Highway. Office hours are 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Saturday. For more information pleased call 615-563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073