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New Quaker Heritage Center Exhibit Highlights Children of War

Opening Reception Is Oct. 8

October 1, 2013

“Where Do We Go?” Oil painting by Helen Broadfoot

“Where Do We Go?” Oil painting by Helen Broadfoot

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College will present a gallery exhibit titled “A Show of Respect: A Body of Work Painted for the Children of War” Monday (Oct. 7) through Dec. 13.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday (Oct. 8), at 7:30 p.m. The event is free of charge.

The Quaker Heritage Center will be open throughout the duration of the exhibit Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also, the Center will be open for extended hours until 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 16, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” These are the words of the first Article of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Drafted in the years immediately following World War II, this document set out to declare the basic freedoms of all people. These words inspired Helen Broadfoot to create “A Show of Respect: A Body of Work Painted for the Children of War.”

Broadfoot has paired each piece in the exhibit with text from the Universal Declaration and a reflection by the artist.

“We cannot undo this horror [of war],” Broadfoot says, “but with determination we can possibly prevent such horrendous crimes from happening again.”

Broadfoot, a Canadian artist, uses her art to work for peace, both as an independent artist and as a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders.

Ruth Brindle, curator of the Quaker Heritage Center, noted, “With its focus on the United Nations and areas of conflict around the world, the exhibit ties beautifully to Wilmington College’s Quaker-inspired values of peace, social justice and respect for all persons, as well as the College’s academic focus on global education.”

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College is an educational center designed to help learners of all ages discover the rich heritage and living traditions of the Religious Society of Friends through a variety of exhibits, tours, presentations, lectures, activities, and programs. For more information about special events, hours, and upcoming exhibits, visit http://www2.wilmington.edu/qhc/index.cfm, or at www.facebook.com/QuakerHeritageCenter.