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Tioga photographer giving residents the chance to be a part of local historical art

OWEGO (WBNG) – Tioga County residents will have the chance this weekend to have their faces be a part of local art while also giving back to the community.

Professional photographer and the owner of “The Camera’s Eye” in Owego, Lisa McQueeney, is leading the project called “Heads Up Tioga”.

McQueeney says she was inspired by another professional photographer from Florida named Tom Flip, who is known for taking photographs of Key West residents every five years.

“The residents in Key West are transient, so Tom Flip documents who is still owning what or who is still around,” said McQueeney. “But because in Tioga, we just got a $10 million grant, this is the perfect time to document our history here.”

On Friday and Saturday, residents can donate money to get their picture taken by McQueeney during the First Friday Art Walk.

She plans to then use all of the pictures to create a community portrait.

“They themselves get a digital copy and a hard copy but then we are taking the images and putting them into a map of Tioga County and then a large piece of artwork collage that will go throughout the downtown of Owego,” said McQueeney.

The finished artwork will be displayed in different businesses in Owego.

The Owego Kitchen, Fuddy Duddy’s, Tom Ash Insurance, and Tioga Tourism will have the full display throughout the month of December, while the Tioga Arts Council will have the display in February 2019.

McQueeney says she is also using this project as a way to give back to the community.

All of the money raised will be donated to Tioga United Way to help fund their community programs.

McQueeney says while taking a photo could be scary for some, this photo shoot is a way for the residents of all ages to have fun.

“This is not one of those gigs where you have to come all dressed up or fancy. You can come as you are and be funny, serious, goofy. You can borrow our props and really jazz it up,” said McQueeney. “Don’t be afraid, just be a piece of history. Be a piece of art.”

Residents can get their photos taken at the Owego Kitchen on Friday, November 2 from 3:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and on November 3 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

It costs $20 for adults and $10 for children.

McQueeney says posters of the full display will be sold in December.

Tioga businesses that are interested in displaying the artwork, can contact Lisa McQuenney by calling (607) 426-6023.

Tyler Brown

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