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‘Meet Me in the Alley’ art exhibit debuts in Wheeling, WV

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Wheeling photographer Bennett McKinley is ready to unveil a project he’s quietly been working on for the past three months.

McKinley regularly informed his social media friends and followers of the days and time he would be in the alley near Market Street in downtown Wheeling. McKinley would take pictures of whoever showed up. He amassed 312 throughout the project.

McKinley said people often asked why he takes photos in the alley, when Wheeling has more beautiful backdrops, but his response was simple.

“It’s not about the alley; it’s about the citizens of Wheeling,” McKinley said. “It’s about every person that has come to the alley that’s made the project such a diverse and unique portfolio of the citizens of Wheeling.

“It ranges from age, race, sex, everything. We’ve had as young as a two-and-a-half-month-old to an 86-year-old.”

The exhibit opening was July 31 on the third floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center, and the gallery will remain open throughout the entire month of August.

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