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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Touring outdoor photography exhibit “Neighbors” comes to Surprise, showcases residents

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Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country will be featured in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), August 1 – October 31.  

The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artist John Raymond Mireles. Over the past several years, Mireles has traveled to heritage areas in every state to photograph the people who live there. He is working to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people – one that captures a diverse range of individuals. The artist’s hope is that the exhibit will encourage viewers to relate to and empathize with their fellow “neighbors” across the country – helping each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.

Mireles was invited to do this exhibit by the local WHAM Art Association, with support from the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. The artist came to Surprise earlier this year to capture the faces of residents in the OTS. The 4’ X 5’ photos will be hung on fencing near the Surprise Senior Center.  

If you go:
Neighbors Exhibit
August 1 – October 31
Near the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock St.

Don’t miss these bonus opportunities!

Indoor Exhibit: The artist will showcase smaller versions of select photos at WHAM West Gallery August 1 – 31; open Tues. thru Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Hear about the artist’s travels and his inspiration for the project. August 3, 5 – 7 p.m. at WHAM West Gallery.  

WHAM West Gallery is located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise.  

For the latest information, visit WHAM’s website at or call 623.584.8311.

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