Painting by Nicole Dermody via Orlando Public Library
In the days after the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse, local art shop Sam Flax announced it would donate supplies to artists who wanted to create works of art responding to the tragedy on June 12. The store only asked that participants would turn in the artwork created with the supplies to put them on display.
The results of the project were nearly 300 unique, moving pieces that form the Paint Strong Orlando collection, which will be on display at the Orlando Public Library on Sept. 15 at a viewing reception
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release from the library. Some of the artwork will remain on display through October before traveling to other venues and eventually being auctioned off to benefit the survivors of the mass shooting and the families of the 49 people who died.
"It is a great honor to be a part of this creative, moving project," says Sam Flax, general manager of the Sam Flax store, in a statement. "The collection has already had an impact on the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Pulse tragedy. The pieces are simply amazing, but the show is more than just the sum of its parts. It is the voice of the people of Orlando."