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The Loel Poor Exhibit
Loel Poor taking a photo

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It has been suggested that those who forget history are destined to repeat it.

About The Loel Poor Exhibit | About the Photographer | About the Designer | About the Exhibit Coordinator

About The Loel Poor Exhibit

This exhibit represents a cross section of people living with HIV/AIDS. It is both historic and current. The stories are about the human spirit. I have used historic classic literature and current celebrated prose and poetry, as well as notable quote and reflection, to stimulate social conscience through metaphor. Often, political sentiment and rhetoric reflecting current thought is unstimulating and, in fact, counterproductive.

It is perhaps perceived more as empty noise than potent warning.

What better source for reflection than history?
What better springboard to action than experience?
What more appropriate vanguard than literature?
What better icon for learning than metaphor?

Aren't Ahab and his whale every person's symbol of struggle with this plague? Isn't Hester Prynne the model of societal angst and her scarlet letter our denial, our fear and our identity?

Perhaps we can teach more profoundly and learn more responsibly through literature.

Perhaps the classic lesson can be better grasped through the classic story.

Perhaps all the kings' horses and all the kings' men will soon put Humpty Dumpty together again.

-- Jack Armitage

About the Photographer

Photographic artist Loel A. Poor graduated from Lasell College near Boston. Her interests in prevention-based education and "essay exhibition" have resulted in the development of her critically acclaimed photojournalistic essay, "AIDS: The Challenge to Educate." Her photographic essays include (in addition to this comprehensive study of people living with HIV/AIDS), a series studying recent immigrant populations in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a collection of images which chronicles the recent opening of and "against all odds" charter school and a work in progress exploring adolescent girls and self esteem. Loel's AIDS exhibit has averaged fifteen installations annually. Her collection of personal "street" photography has earned her recognition and awards.

Loel uses photography as a tool for creative, compassion-based education and awareness. She has allied her work with philanthropic ventures and organizations that work to benefit youth at risk.

Loel's HIV/AIDS exhibit consists of 160 matted and framed 16" x 20" and 14" x 18" black and white photographs. Text accompanies all of her work. Since being photographed, some of the women, men, adolescents and children have died and many others continue to live very well. Some speak publicly about HIV/AIDS and prevention.

The photography exhibit is available for public display to qualified educational and/or artistic institutions and agencies in the northern Atlantic states. For more information, please contact David Sullivan at or at 978-887-8080.

For further information about the availability of Loel Poor's exhibit, please contact Loel Poor via e-mail at

You can also write to her:

The Loel Poor Exhibit
Box 112
Boxford, MA 01921

About the Designer

Jennie Cline is a freelance computer support specialist (focusing on graphic design and production, computer training, web page design, video scrapbooks and other computer-oriented projects) who has been working with technology since 1984. She resides in Andover, Massachusetts on the campus of Phillips Academy (PA) where she and her family (a daughter who is a junior at Amherst College and a son who is a senior at PA, and her spouse who is a teacher, coach and dean) have been active participants in the educational environment since 1979. Summers find her on Mt. Desert Island, Maine where her computer support continues, but with ample diversions (which frequently get forgotten during the school year!).

About the Exhibit Coordinator

Exhibit Coordinator Jack Armitage is liaison to exhibit hosts. As founder and former executive director of Strongest Link AIDS Services, Inc., he is a resource to people whose lives are impacted with HIV/AIDS. Jack's personal relationships with people living with HIV/AIDS has motivated his commitment to representing their lives. You can e-mail him at

The creation of the electronic version of the Loel Poor Exhibit has been a collaborative effort between Jack Armitage, the exhibit coordinator and author of the text which accompanies the photographs, and Loel Poor, who created the photo essays on people living with HIV/AIDS. Jennie provided the critical link from the paper product to the web page presentation through her technical abilities, as well as offering her creativity while designing the current exhibit web page layouts -- preserving the simplicity and clarity of the Loel Poor Exhibit.

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