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Austin to Host First-Ever Art Exhibition

January 10, 2019 09:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a celebration of art ... and culture.

And it makes its debut tomorrow in Austin.

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"Whatever you interpret when you're making your art is going to be right, and only you can decide how that is going to look" Sumner elementary school art teacher Krystal Lennie said.

It's been said that art speaks where words are unable to explain. And a new exhibition at the Austin Artworks Center speaks volumes.

"This is the Minnesota Black Fine Art Show," Artworks Center Director Laura Helle said. “It's a traveling exhibition, it's going to go to five communities across the state of Minnesota and really celebrate our Minnesota black artists."

It's a brand new exhibition … and Austin is its first stop.

"There's a pretty good variety of media, we have painters, abstract and realistic, we have photography, we've got some more like graphic design work, there are a couple of sculptural pieces and mixed media" Laura Helle explained. “And some of them are very centered around racial identity and the meaning of being black. And we've been working really closely with Sumner elementary school and hoping to line up some artists visiting the students there because at that particular school 80 percent of the students are of color."

"I am hoping they are able to see a deeper meaning in the art and make connections based on their own personal experience" Sumner art teacher Krystal Lennie said.

But art transcends skin color.

"I think all of the arts are a really great tool in bridging across the divides whether it's a cultural divide a socio-economic, a divide of education, language barriers and helping people express what it's like to be me," Artworks Center Director Laura Helle said.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 5 to 7 at the Artworks Center.

The exhibition runs through  March 23rd. It's free and open to the public.

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