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January 17, 2014

Eyes to the sky

Art show reminds viewers that we all have at least one thing in common

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“She never missed a single art show that I did,” Silverman said. “You can’t do something like this without people who are kind.”

After the show, Silverman plans to turn some of the pictures into postcards, which she will use to mail thank-you notes to the participating artists. The rest of the pictures will be given away, in line with the IUOMA philosophy of distributing free art.

The pictures are displayed from top to bottom on one wall at Angles & Art, with chairs facing them. Silverman hopes that people will come in, make themselves a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and lose themselves in the art.

“I want everyone to take a deep breath and take a break from whatever is going on,” she said. “No one is saying, ‘Buy this.’ There aren’t many places like that.”

If you go

What: “Under the Same Sky,” a photo exhibition

Where: Angles & Art (lower level), 80 Wingate St., Haverhill

When: Runs through Friday, Feb. 28. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How much: Free

More information: www.anglesandart.com

Countries represented

Argentina

Bangladesh

Brazil

Canada

Chile

England

France

Germany

Greece

India

Italy

The Netherlands

The Philippines

Portugal

Russia

Sweden

Turkey

Ukraine

United States

About the IUOMA

The International Union of Mail Artists is a group of more than 3,000 artists from around the world who are committed to providing free art.

“The idea is to get all economic backgrounds into these shows for free,” said Sharon Silverman, who organized the “Under the Same Sky” exhibit.

Artists submit their work to the person organizing a show. The only rules are that the show must be free to the public and none of the work is for sale.

“It’s art for art’s sake,” Silverman said.

For more information, visit www.iuoma.org

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