“I asked people to shoot above their heads, wherever they were,” she said.
Ninety-three artists from 18 foreign countries and across the United States participated. Many of Silverman’s students from The Studio at Dundee Park in Andover and Shoe Town Art Studio in Haverhill also took pictures that are displayed. The results, Silverman said, were better than she was hoping for.
“It blew my mind,” she said. “The textures and colors are just phenomenal.”
In one picture, clouds curl over, looking like the surf breaking on a beach. In others, lightning cracks or a full moon shines. One picture submitted by a man from Derry, N.H., shows the beginning of a tornado.
Silverman can quickly pick out the pictures from Greece because of the vivid color of the sky over the Aegean Sea.
“Some of the pictures are so peaceful and muted, and some are so in your face,” she said. “People hear that the exhibit is pictures of the sky and wonder how different they can be, but the atmospheres and colors are amazing.”
One artist wrote to Silverman saying, “Thank you for making me look up again.”
That sentiment was exactly what Silverman was hoping to inspire with the project.
“That made me feel great,” she said. “Everyone should be thankful for their blessings. There is beauty around us, but we’re so stressed that oftentimes we don’t notice it.”
Silverman said that she couldn’t have completed the project without the help of many people in the community. Angles & Art allowed her to take over the lower level of the shop, and friends helped her mount all the photos and place them on the walls.
“That took a very long time,” she said.
Silverman is dedicating the show to two friends who could not be there. Ed Romano was a local artist who recently died of brain cancer. Before he died, he left Silverman all of his mounting boards so that she could properly display the photos. Rose Krikorian was a family friend who recently died at 93.