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MLK art exhibit aims to connect with Utahns

By Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Jan 17th, 2014 @ 1:28pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah artists have collaborated to honor the spirit and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a exhibit that aims to connect with all Utahns on civil and human rights issues.

The "Only Light" exhibit, a collaboration between the Utah Arts & Museums Visual Arts program and the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs, will be shown at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. It features paintings, sculptures and other art work and is meant to be a way to honor the life and work of the slain civil rights leader King.

From oil on canvas to sculptures, Visual Arts curator Felicia Bacas said all pieces tackle civil and human rights dealing with domestic, international, environmental and religious themes.

"Everybody's going to bring their own kind of cultural baggage to a work of art," Bacas said. "And they'll be able to make assumptions about the work and those interpretations are correct."

Featured artists include Carlos Anderson, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Darnel Haney, Trent Alvey and Carey Ann Francis. Showings of the documentary "Utah's Freedom Riders", courtesy of KUED, will also be a part of the exhibit.

France Davis, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, said everyone can relate to the different pieces displayed.

"We're represented in this exhibit and our perspective comes forth through the people whose names are here," Davis said.

The exhibit opens Jan. 17 with a reception at Gallery Stroll from 6 to 9 p.m. and will run through Feb. 14

Contributing: Tracie Snowder

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