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Most human beings on the planet lead lives of quiet desperation. They have little sense of being, because they function alone. "It's a dog eat dog world out there." They say. "Join the rat race," we say to our youngsters. Somali refugees at the Kenyan border live in a waste dump wondering where to find potable water.

Similarly, Americans drop the keys to their mansions in the mailbox and sleep in the family car at the nearest Wal*Mart parking lot. They have lost possessions that are beyond the wildest dreams of most of the world population.

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Both nationalities consider themselves destitute beyond saving. Both groups have yet to learn to think outside the box.

While sliding into a depression, why does a small town 17 miles north of Pittsburgh stage an art show?

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Local Building Owners Open their Doors for Art
The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sewickley Borough and volunteer professionals have come together to effectuate a program for temporary utilization of available storefronts during the Sewickley Fall Gallery Walk.
In the true spirit of cooperation, six property owners are allowing their available retail storefronts to become galleries in support of the visual arts community and the Village of Sewickley. They will open their doors as complete "Art Galleries" during the Fall Gallery Walk, September 25th 5:30 - 9pm. The locations are in the heart of the business district, on Broad and Beaver Streets.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts will fill at least two venues with their talented instructor artwork at the retail spaces on either side of the Sewickley Hotel.
Featured painting instructors are Douglas Brown (watercolor), Deborah McLaren (various media), Joyce Werwie Perry (oil), D. Zoe Shutka (acrylic, drawing) and Ron Thurston (watercolor).

Sweetwater Center ceramic artists Bryce Hemington and Ellen Siergiej, along with printmaker Bryan Hunt, will be featured at
439 Broad Street. Sewickley Academy will be showcasing its artistic talent at 510 Beaver street (next to Clearview Federal Credit Union). The former Feathers Shop, located on 417 Beaver Street, will house Quaker Valley School District's art exhibition entitled "Opportunities", which reflects the wonderful opportunities visual arts provides students for learning and growing. Local art advisor and independent curator Ingrid LaFleur Whitehead has organized an exhibition of photographs by Ayana V. Jackson at 541 Beaver Street entitled "Looking Glass Self". The work is a collection of images taken during the artist's travels through Kenya, Rawanda, South Africa and Mexico.

Free parking after 3pm, and on Saturday's through the end of 2009. For further information, please visit the Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce web site at www. sewickleychamber.org.
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Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas. My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the (more...)
 

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