70 South Gallery Announces Spirit. Exhibition Featuring Peace Corp Volunteers; Opens Saturday July 16, 2016 Starting at 10 AM

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To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, 70 South Gallery, a premier exhibition gallery space and photography print services center, is pleased to announce their Spirit. exhibition which will run from Saturday July 16, 2016 through Friday September 2, 2016.

70 South Gallery Spirit. exhibition copyright Beth Eanelli

70 South Gallery Spirit. exhibition copyright Beth Eanelli

70 South Gallery's interest in featuring the work of Peace Corps volunteers can be said to be personal.” states Gina Cerbone, Gallery Curator.

The Spirit. exhibition highlights the photography work of current and returned Peace Corps volunteers from around the world. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase the spirit of the local people as photographed by those Peace Corps volunteers and to increase awareness of the Peace Corps.

70 South Gallery has selected 15 Peace Corps volunteers to be featured from approximately 100 submissions. One of the selected Peace Corps volunteers is Beth Eanelli whose picture is showcased here. Eanelli served in The Gambia from 2013 to 2015. In addition, in keeping with 70 South Galley's mission to support young talent, this exhibition will feature the work of a high school student that fits the theme of Spirit.

“70 South Gallery's interest in featuring the work of Peace Corps volunteers can be said to be personal. Our owner, Ted Baldanzi, was in high school when President Kennedy signed the executive order to begin the Peace Corps. Ted always felt a strong connection to the Peace Corps and had friends that joined and served. We recognize that many of today's youth are not as familiar with the Peace Corps and were compelled to help increase the awareness of the Peace Corps with this exhibition. In the curation, I looked to have the stories of the volunteers come to life for today's generation...I believe the work we selected does that,” states Gina Cerbone, Gallery Curator.

Glenn Blumhorst, President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), says, “For us, this exhibition is an opportunity to share the Peace Corps experience and ideals of promoting world peace and friendship. As a former Peace Corp Volunteer myself, I can say that you come back to the US with a new perspective and appreciation for humans around the globe. Today, America’s youth is less familiar with the Peace Corps, which has recently rebranded and is reaching out to the ‘next-generation of service-minded Americans’ and this event helps us accomplish that. The images featured from past and present Volunteers bring their stories to life and will hopefully inspire people to join.”

Ira L. Black, Gallery Director adds, “We are so inspired by the outstanding service of Peace Corps Volunteers that we will donate a portion of the proceeds to sustainable, grassroots community development projects around the world. We ask that you come out and show your support to these extraordinary people.”

About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is a nonprofit organization at the center of a vibrant and united community of 215,000 individuals who share the Peace Corps experience. The NPCA champions a lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and member groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and around the world. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. To learn more, visit http://www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org. or contact Megan Patrick, Director of Communications at: 202-293-7728 or news(at)peacecorpsconnect(dot)org.

About 70 South Gallery
70 South Gallery is a unique photography gallery and service center. Their mission is to support photographers (both amateurs and professionals) by providing a central location and community where they can collaborate, admire and share their work with each other. You can also book the gallery for an event, own the featured art, create photography prints and gifts as well as learn about photography—all in one place. The 70 South Gallery is located at 70 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. For more information, please visit http://www.70southgallery.com, reach out to 973-539-2112 or Gallery Director, Ira L. Black at IraL.Black(at)70southgallery(dot)com.

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