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ART | 'Hand Picked' 

In all of the debates about migrant workers and their place in America, too little is said about their inner lives — including their artistic expressions. One of the upstairs spaces at Rochester Contemporary Art Center is currently hosting "Hand Picked: Art Expression of Farmworkers Who Feed Us," a traveling exhibit of 30 drawings by migrant farmworkers. The work includes mandalas made from traced hands, charcoal portraits participants drew of one another, as well as illustrated stories of their experiences and poetry. The exhibit is organized by Julia Stewart-Bittle, coordinator of the arts program at the Geneseo Migrant Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Stewart-Bittle funded the project with a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and organized and taught workshops beginning in June that culminated in the exhibit. Pictured artwork by Dolores Bustamante.

"Hand Picked" continues through Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue. This particular exhibit is open Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. 658-7960;


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