13th Annual After Supper Visions Exhibit Features Photography From Catholic Charities Supper Guests
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 by Communications

The artists involved in the Catholic Charities After Supper Visions program have found photography as a means of expressing themselves. These artists are guests from the Catholic Charities Tuesday Night Suppers, and they have been given the opportunity to capture pictures that strike them as beautiful or interesting. Many of them are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Some have never picked up a camera before, but the photographs provide moments of Chicago from a different point of view – their point of view.  

The public is invited to a free reception to view these beautiful photos of Chicago taken from the perspective of Chicago’s homeless. The 13th annual After Supper Visions photography exhibit is Friday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago. The family-friendly event features photographs from 62 artists. The prints and notecards on display are available for purchase at the exhibit. Many of the artists use the profits to help with security deposits for apartments, paying utility bills, buying food or purchasing digital cameras to encourage their new passion.

“It’s special to be a part of this beautiful event,” said Beate H., an artist and participant in the After Supper Visions program. “There is never the perfect photograph taken, but when a person stops and looks at my photographs and doesn’t only walk by, that’s a perfect moment and a perfect photograph, because I touched his or her mind.”

The After Supper Visions program was founded 13 years ago by staff at Catholic Charities and volunteers who served dinner to the guests at the Tuesday evening supper program. Supper guests are given a disposable camera and encouraged to photograph the city. Volunteers develop the photographs and the artists choose the best three to four photos to display at the exhibit.  

“There is an impressive array of photos again this year, as artists give us a glimpse into their world,” said Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “The After Supper Visions program has given 210 artists an opportunity to express themselves through photography. To date nearly 25,000 photos have been taken, and $121,420 has been raised to help our guests become more self-sufficient.”

To learn more about the artists or to purchase prints and notecards, visit aftersuppervisions.com.

About Catholic Charities
Helping people in need for more than 96 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of  the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting more than 1.2 million people in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.

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