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Carmel Art Gallery Hosts Historic Photography Exhibit

Roben Bellomo

As Team USA prepares to compete in the XIII Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, a Carmel art gallery is making plans to celebrate the work of Team USA in the World Photographic Cup as well as support local athletes with special needs.

“This is the first time the finalists for the World Photographic Cup have been presented in a gallery open to the public,” says World Cup team member and Carmel photographer Roben Bellomo. “We invite the public to stop by and check out the exhibit at our First Friday event on March 4th. Come enjoy some live music and watch the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games with us.”

BEHN Gallery will donate a percentage of sales to Special Olympics Indiana, The ARC of Indiana, GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis, and the Indiana Alliance on Prenatal Substance Exposure. Each of the organizations will also be on-hand to provide education and outreach materials. Plus, several Special Olympic athletes will be in attendance to share their personal journeys.

“We saw an opportunity to shine a light on Special Olympic athletes as well as the photographers who compete in the World Photographic Cup,” adds Bellomo. “Both are immensely talented and deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments.”

The World Cup exhibit is located at BEHN Gallery at 2149 Glebe St., Suite 100, Carmel, Ind. 46032 and will run through the end of March. To register for the First Friday Event on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m., visit https://www.behngallery.com/events. For more information on the World Photographic Cup and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit WorldPhotographicCup.org. The World Photographic Cup pits Team USA against the best photographers from thirty-five countries. Bellomo has been chosen to represent Team USA three times (2018, 2019 and 2022). In true Olympic-style, gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top photographers in each category. Winners will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony in Rome, Italy, on March 28th.