Photo exhibit integrates creativity with service

by Dennis Brown

A photography exhibit titled “Celebrating Internships, Creativity and Service” will open Nov. 15 (Thursday) with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in the concourse of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.p. The work of Marie Petulla, the photos feature 40 elderly people she worked with while serving as an intern with the Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly organization in Chicago. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display until Jan. 31 at both the Hesburgh Library and the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s College.p. “The opportunity to photograph the complexity of aging and the beauty it possesses was truly a gift,” said Petulla, an emerging photographer from Chicago. “My goal was to create a cohesive body of work that expressed both the uniqueness of each individual and the gracefulness in which we age.”p. Petulla will be the featured speaker at the reception, which also will have information available about internships for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students who are interested in integrating service with a variety of career options. Representatives from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s careers centers, the SURV Center at Saint Mary’s and the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame will be in attendance to answer questions.p. Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a national, nonprofit organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.

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