2013-05-31 / Community

Sandy Art Exhibit Coming To YANA

By Katie McFadden

Barber’s photo “Emblazoned Hero.” Barber’s photo “Emblazoned Hero.” Key West artist Victoria Barber is bringing her photography exhibition WOW Rockaway: Stories to Remember, to Rockaway for her first New York City exhibit.

The photographic project features photos from Barber’s experience while assisting family and friends in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Friends of the Sugarloaf Women’s Village provided her with tools and supplies that were stored since Florida was hit with Hurricane Wilma in 2005. She made her way up to Rockaway, bringing her camera along.

Barber’s photos were first bound into a 22-page full color print-on- demand book as a memory and token of love to her extended family, the Lachners, who reside in Belle Harbor.

She then displayed her photographs at an exhibit in Key West, Florida. The exhibit includes 24 images along with stories and artifacts. Barber is now expanding the exhibit and is bringing it to Rockaway. The exhibit opens to the public on Thursday, June 13th, with a reception from 6-8 p.m., at YANA Services, 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Barber’s photo “Calm Spirit.” Barber’s photo “Calm Spirit.” “As I walked the beaches and neighborhoods of the Rockaways in the days after Hurricane Sandy,” Barber recounts, “I was flooded with new images of familiar places. I was shocked by the devastation of shattered homes, inspired and humbled by the great spirit of community and service, awed by the beauty of the sea and sky, and enveloped in the love and gratitude of family and friends.”

Proceeds from the exhibition will provide support for YANA and ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief initiatives.

Proceeds from the exhibit and book sales will benefit YANA (You Are Never Alone). YANA is a worker training center that became a hurricane relief hub after the storm. The center is still in the process of rebuilding and is starting its worker training programs again.

The exhibit will run until July 7th. Barber has plans to bring it to Chicago in 2014.

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