for Contemporary Art

148 Elmwood, Buffalo, NY (Allentown) 14201       +1.716.931.583


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¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

Hope & Fear
Art Therapy to Cope in Times of Transition
Opening Reception: June 2, 2017  6 – 9 p.m.
Closing Reception: July 28, 2017   6 – 9 p.m.

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art
148 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201   


Art Therapists respond to the current economic-social-political climate, and how this has impacted them both personally and professionally, as they use art to help clients of all ages who may be struggling with hopelessness, fear, and anxiety as it relates to changes in leadership and policy, on a personal and collective level.

Commentary from Orin Langelle:

Evolutionary Changes At ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

Hi friends and colleagues,

We opened the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery on October 3, 2014 with my photo show CLIMATE CHANGE: FACES PLACES & PROTEST – photos from the front lines… In total, we’ve hosted eight other exhibits, all with a socio-political frame.

I’ve had a great deal of pleasure and at times frustration as the Director of the gallery.

As Bob Dylan wrote in 1964, The Times They Are a Changin’. And now they are changing at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery; but don’t worry, the gallery is still going to be a space for political and social art and dialogue.

The !Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, which has the intersection of art and social change at the heart of its mission, is now expanding that focus to include Art Therapy. We are doing so to embrace a larger audience and Art Therapy fits well with our mission and will further provide an outlet for the conversations that must happen in these challenging times. Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Rachel Sikorski will now join Orin Langelle in co-directing the gallery. She will also be responsible for and curator of art therapy-based programming at the gallery.

Rachel is providing a new outlook into the future of the role art takes in coping with these times, and how it can be integrated into a healing process. The mission of art therapists and of the gallery align: ¡Buen vivir! means life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth–where work is not a job to make others wealthier, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.

The work of art therapists, similarly, is to help individuals from diverse populations create and have access to opportunities for change, better managing and expressing the struggles of everyday life, as well as inspiring new generations to participate in the making of a better world.

I find it extremely ironic that Karen Pence, wife of Vice-President Michael Pence, has chosen Art Therapy as a cause she is backing. It seems peculiar that the VP’s wife is backing something that can be used to help people deflect the hurt coming from the White House.

Rachel hopes to offer opportunities for the community to continue to come together at the gallery to engage in dialogue, create, educate, and advocate for change. Group sessions will be offered at the gallery for adults and children, and exhibitions of art-therapeutic content by art therapists, client-artists, and community members alike will be featured during the calendar year.

We also welcome Tess Ipolito. Tess is the Media Coordinator for Global Justice Ecology Project and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery. Tess holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the New School in NYC.

Before joining the GJEP team, Tess has been an advocate for social and environmental justice through her work and volunteering globally. She has done research on critically endangered primates and volunteered on reforestation and educational projects in Madagascar. She has done research on and educated communities about organic waste alternatives to coal use in Uganda as a means of both financial empowerment and a reduction to serious health issues caused by smoke inhalation. While in Uganda, Tess also spent time focused on finding justice for communities displaced by palm oil (and other monocrop) plantations forced into the slums of Kampala.

While in NYC Tess volunteered on clean air and water community outreach projects. And over the years, she has been dedicated to protecting wildlife, resource management, and land conservation within the United States and abroad.

Please continue your participation in the gallery. Evolution is a good thing. I think Darwin said that.

Orin Langelle

Langelle Photography and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art are part of the Social Justice Media Program of Global Justice Ecology Project