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The paintings have elicited smiles, tears and prayers from the steady stream of visitors who have queued up to see them. Some gaze with admiration, some with reverence. Almost all snap photos.
“I thought this is the closest that I’ll probably ever get to [Obama], and of what he represented—hope and love and progress,” said Kamilah Chambers of Katy, Tex., after viewing—and photographing—Wiley’s work.