BERKELEY -- An exhibit of artworks by and for the homeless opens this weekend and runs through April 18 at Expressions Art Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday is free and open to the public and will include food and entertainment by local musicians.

The Homeless Art Show features creations by more than 60 artists in mediums of painting, photography, printmaking, digital art and sculpture, and craft artists will have jewelry, scarves, hats, ceramics and other items on display and available for sale.

The show is a collaborative effort of the gallery, community artists and nonprofit organizations that work with the homeless, including BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency) and St. Mary's Center.

According to organizers, "Any sales or tax deductible donations will go to help support the nonprofit organizations that have helped make this show possible and who have enabled these artists to use this opportunity to become recognized as local artists and create a better future for themselves through their art."

The city is a co-sponsor of the exhibit and also contributed funds toward the cost of art supplies.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more details call 510-644-4930.



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