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Exhibit Opening
Exhibit Opening

The Art Against Violence exhibit is opening this Saturday, January 10 at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton, and runs through January 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 pm. A reception will take place Friday, January 16 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm with entertainment, food and an opportunity to meet the artists.

The exhibit includes pieces created by students from Luz Lua – Foster’s art class at Weber Institute; life-size silhouettes from the Women’s Center of San Joaquin “Silent Witness” project; artwork by Stockton Art League artists Denny Ah-Tye, Mike Hoover, Janene Ford and Frances Scott; artwork by JLI Acting Executive Director Kristen Rinaker; and art by independent artists David Vallejo, John Thomason, Jim Lewallen, Carlos Marquez, El Jerome, Joy Neas and Jocelyn Conde-Hillyard. Also hanging in the exhibit are wish flags created during Draw It Out’s wish flag workshops and a collage made by Cleveland School Remembers with memories of the Cleveland School shooting.

“Violence is a pervasive and complex problem. Dealing with it is important for everyone. Art can make a difference. Art communicates and clarifies. Art exposes pain and offers release and relief. Art confirms commitment and measures success. This exhibit showcases area artists’ responses to violence and its impacts on all our lives. The range of this show, from hopeful to painful, is designed to stimulate thoughtful conversation and positive action. The Draw It Out project is especially focused on reminding us that the circumstances children grow up under will influence the community they build as tomorrow’s leaders. Managing those circumstances is our responsibility, today. Please support Draw It Out’s efforts to give voice to our children’s need. Experience the powerful voices of participating artists who choose to care. Find your own role in changing our community for the better.”

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