East Shore Gallery will host a reception for its current show, “Restoring the Spirit through Art,” featuring photographs from Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission’s Art from the Streets program.

The reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the gallery at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue.

The purpose of the “Restoring the Spirit through Art” is to recognize that art is universal, to shape our view of homelessness and each individual’s true capabilities, and provide gallery exposure for a group of artists who otherwise might not have the opportunity. The 24 participating artists may be experiencing homelessness but the artistry and creativity expressed in the photographs is first rate. The Mission’s Art from the Streets program provides instruction, space and materials for homeless men and women to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy.

The “Restoring the Spirit through Art” reception will provide meet and greet opportunities with select artists, light bites and beverages and the opportunity to purchase your own print for $50. Proceeds go back to the Art from the Streets program.

(About East Shore Gallery:
East Shore Gallery is a ministry of East Shore Unitarian Church – a caring, religious community inspired by a Unitarian Universalist religion. The annual gallery show highlights a social justice theme. East Shore Gallery supports local artists, and is a non-profit gallery. For more information, please visit www.esuc.org.

About Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission:
Since 1932, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission has been dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. The private organization partners with individuals, churches, other organizations and the local government to awaken hope in the hearts of people overcome with poverty and homelessness. Its programs address issues of hunger, homelessness, poverty, high risk youth, and addiction, providing emergency care and long-term recovery services to transform lives and transform our city. For more information, visit www.ugm.org or follow the Mission on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.)