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Health care workers to display artwork

HAMILTON, Ont. -- The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre will host an exhibition of artwork created in part by Buffalo Niagara region health care workers who are part of Local 1199, Service Employees International Union.

A reception to open the exhibition will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The featured artwork is a compilation of photographs and writings created by workers to document their jobs, families and daily lives over several years and was published by Regan/HarperCollins in the 2006 book "Unseenamerica."

SEIU members received cameras from the Bread and Roses Cultural Project, in addition to taking photography classes with Lauren Tent from Buffalo's CEPA Gallery.

Bread and Roses was founded in 1979 to explore creativity and enhance access to the arts for Local 1199 members.

The "Unseenamerica, Our View" exhibit will run through the end of August 2007.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, housed in the historic Custom Building, is at 51 Stuart St.

The exhibit will feature photography by current Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Schoellkopf Health Center employees Ann Davis, Ann Flack and Linda Shamrock, registered nurses; Kim McCartney, a radiology technologist; and Earl Pugh, a licensed practical nurse.

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