DARK TO LIGHT: A Syrian Child's Journey

The Expressive Art of Syrian Child Refugees

ON EXHIBIT November 20th - December 31st

Sam’s Cafe & Pizzeria, 235 Main Street, Northampton, MA


The Syrian civil war is exacting a heavy toll on an entire generation of children.

Dark to Light - A Syrian Child’s Journey, is an exhibition of expressive paintings on loan to us from injured Syrian refugee children who have crossed the border into neighboring Jordan. There Polus Center provides prosthetic rehabilitation services and psychological trauma care at the Sir Bobby Charlton Centre for Support & Rehabilitation in Amman.

Expressions of Both Horror and Hope

This exhibit highlights the transformative impact expressive therapy can have on the rehabilitation process of children experiencing multiple traumas. These images reveal a continuum of recovery reflecting powerful emotions the children feel, but often do not have the words to express. Over the course of the therapeutic process the subject matter slowly shifts its focus from dark to light, death to life. As hope emerges it reveals a depth of resilience, courage, and optimism for the future that, if supported, will carry each child through the healing process placing them firmly along the road to recovery.  


The Exhibitors


How YOU Can Help

Spread the word and support the effort by sharing the fundraising campaign with your community.

Make a donation to the prosthetic rehabilitation and trauma therapy program in Jordan on our Wounded Angels fundraising page, or purchase a $25 raffle ticket for your chance to win an expressive art print.

Purchase a print of one of the children’s expressive paintings. Photographer Stephen Petegorsky has printed beautiful archival reproductions that are available for purchase online, or at the Art’s Night Out exhibit.


Art photography by Stephen Petegorsky

video by Troy Word