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2018-07-11 / Local News

Project 308 Gallery presents NARTCAN exhibition


“The Hole,” a composition by artist Michelle Silver, is one piece that is featured in a new addiction-themed exhibition now on view at the Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda. The free show runs through July 27. 
Photo courtesy of Natalie Brown “The Hole,” a composition by artist Michelle Silver, is one piece that is featured in a new addiction-themed exhibition now on view at the Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda. The free show runs through July 27. Photo courtesy of Natalie Brown The Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, introduced NARTCAN — a group exhibition and play on addiction — during a reception on Friday.

The exhibition, which features work created by artists who have a connection to addiction in some way, is free to attend and is on view through July 27.

Its title is derived from Narcan, the over-the-counter form of naloxone used to reverse an opioid overdose.

NARTCAN features multimedia artwork selected by artists from New York City, Toronto, Boston, Chicago and Rochester, a collection of works that sheds light on the world of drug addiction, with each piece delivering its own insight into how drug addiction can affect a person’s life.

Participating artists include Antonino Barbagallo, Susan Carr, Paul Cooley, Lagana, Kirsten Leach, Claire Martin, Simone Ochrym, David Rappeneau, Emily Rapport, Ryan M. Schroeder, Michelle Silver, Justin Sterling, Paul Suepat and Raymond Waters.

The exhibition is curated by Justin Chaize, a registered nurse and graduate student at the University at Rochester’s School of Nursing’s family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program.

Chaize has chosen to devote his career to the field of mental health as a specialist in caring for people suffering from and overcoming addiction.

The public is also invited to attend a one-time showing of the one-man play, “How to Be A Respectable Junkie,” which will be held at the gallery at 4 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the exhibition.

The play, an in-depth look into the life of a man caught in the grip of heroin, follows an addict in his 30s who decides to create a video user’s guide on how to be a respectable junkie, because he has grown tired of the behavior of fellow heroin users.

Written by Cleveland playwright Greg Vovos, the play will be performed by Christopher Bohan, a visiting assistant professor of acting and movement at Case Western Reserve University and a native of Cleveland.

Tickets for the play are $25 per person.

During the exhibition and performance of the play, the gallery will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

To learn more about the exhibition or purchase tickets for the play, visit www.project308gallery.com.

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