PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Exhibit at The Glory Hole on First Friday
Juneau's popular December First Friday art walk has a new addition to this year's list of participants - The Glory Hole.

The Glory Hole, a soup kitchen and emergency overnight shelter open 365 days a year, will be holding "Out of the Rain,' an exhibit that features local photographers' images of true stories of homelessness in Juneau.

"These are images that share the struggles and successes of the homeless in our community," said Daniel Ungier, affordable housing advocate at United Way of Southeast Alaska. "They are images of dignity and respect, but they are also a call for compassion and commitment to change."

Five local photographers - Mihael Blikshteyn, Jan Fiscus, Suzy Lafferty, Marilyn Holmes and Brierley Ostrander - worked with United Way of Southeast Alaska and various agencies throughout Juneau to develop the sites for the photos, Ungier said. In total, 13 photographs were selected that tell a full range of stories - from homelessness among children and youth, to formerly homeless adults who are now successfully housed, and more. Each image portrays the issue of homelessness from a different angle and illustrates the diversity of people who are homeless at one time or another, Ungier said.

"As one of the photographers, I found this to be a very educational and rewarding experience," said Blikshteyn, whose work was recently featured at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery. "I didn't know much about homelessness in Juneau, but after meeting many different people and learning about organizations working to address this problem locally, I was truly amazed by the dedication and openness of so many people."

In addition to the gallery exhibit, the images have been compiled into a 2008 calendar, available for a donation at the exhibit and at several retailers in town.

The gallery opening will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Following the opening event, the exhibit will be on display at Nugget Mall until Jan. 7.