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If you think it's art, it's art

Creativity is everywhere around us.

Whether it's the expert painting of lines on the street, the font choice of a directional sign or the careful stitching of the shirt you're wearing -- all of it exists because of someone's sense of style and unique visual sensibility.

Sugar City, the DIY arts space newly installed at 1239 Niagara St., is honoring that omnipresent creative force with its exhibition "From Your Collection: An Art Exhibition," which features 20 pieces of creative work you might not ordinarily see in an art gallery.

"We believe that everyone owns a piece of creative work that has value," Sugar City's statement on the exhibition reads. "We are always open to different interpretations of “art” and this exhibition follows the Sugar City do-it-together ethos."

The only rule for the submissions was that they must have been created by someone other than the contributor.

The goal? To challenge viewers to think more broadly about what characterizes visual creativity and perhaps even to expand their limited notions of what qualifies as art.

Sugar City's statement put it this way: "Let us do away with the mystery of where art comes from and what authority assigns value, and celebrate the art that we each have."

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