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Quaker Heritage Center Announces Two New Exhibits

Each Continues Theme of Peace and Reconciliation

October 3, 2012

Canadian photographer Peter Davis chronicled his spring 2003 visit in Italy after the invasion of Iraq by including in his photographs the seemingly ever-present

Canadian photographer Peter Davis chronicled his spring 2003 visit in Italy after the invasion of Iraq by including in his photographs the seemingly ever-present "La Bandiera per la Pace" – the rainbow-colored, Italian flag for peace.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College is continuing its exhibit theme of peace and reconciliation by featuring two new art exhibits drawing upon the Quaker tradition of nonviolence.

Searching for Peace and Broadside Prints from Volume IV: You Are Not My Enemy! will open Monday (Oct. 8) with a special exhibit reception Wednesday (Oct. 10), at 7:30 p.m. The event is free of charge.

Curator Ruth Brindle Dobyns said the occurrence of these concurrent exhibits is especially serendipitous.

“I was working on the design for Searching for Peace when Steve Fryburg of Missing Peace Art Space in Dayton contacted me,” she said. “‘I’ve got something here you might be interested in,’ he said. When he sent me some photos of the artwork from Broadside Prints, I was sold. I knew we had to have these two exhibits here together.”

Searching for Peace is an exhibit featuring the work of Canadian photographer Peter Davis. Brindle Dobyns explained that, in Italy in the spring of 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, Davis was surrounded by La Bandiera per la Pace – the multi-colored, Italian flag for peace.

“Virtually everywhere he turned to take a photo of a building, a statue, a piazza, the flag would be somewhere in the viewfinder,” she said. “The stunning result is an exhibit that includes more than 60 photographs, each one inviting the viewer to search for peace.”

Broadside Prints comes from the Combat Paper Project, a group that uses art-making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences, as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture.

(LEFT) One of the Broadside Prints featuring the theme, "You are not my enemy!"

“This one-of-a-kind portfolio features eight stencil printed images on handmade rag paper,” Brindle Dobyns said, noting that additional artwork by Fryburg is included.

“Both of these exhibits are powerful in their own right,” she added. “Putting them side-by-side adds to the message that we must each be responsible for the peace we wish to find in the world.”

The exhibits run from Oct. 8 through Dec. 14 during regular gallery hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information on extended gallery hours can be found by contacting Brindle Dobyns at (937) 382-6661 ext. 719 or visiting www.wilmington.edu/qhc.
 

Quaker Heritage Center "Searching for Peace" Exhibit Opening and Reception

Time: 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Location: Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center
 

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