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Searching for Peace exhibit in QHC

Press Release – October 2, 2012

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Ruth M. Brindle Dobyns, Curator Quaker Heritage Center Wilmington College 1870 Quaker Way

Pyle Center 1182 Wilmington, OH 45177 937/382-6661 x 719 ruth_dobyns@wilmington.edu www.wilmington.edu/qhc

Quaker Heritage Center Announces Two New Exhibits

The Quaker Heritage Center is continuing its exhibit theme of peace and reconciliation by featuring two new art exhibits drawing on the Quaker tradition of nonviolence. Searching for Peace and Broadside Prints from Volume IV: You Are Not My Enemy! both open on Monday, October 8, with a special exhibit reception on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m.

“I was working on the design for Searching for Peace when the Steve Fryburg of Missing Peace Art Space in Dayton contacted me,” Brindle Dobyns 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. In Italy in the spring of 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, Davis was surrounded by La Bandiera per la Pace – the 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. 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. This one-of- a-kind portfolio features 8 stencil printed images on handmade rag paper. An additional artwork by Fryburg of Missing Peace Art Space is included.

“Both of these exhibits are powerful in their own right,” Brindle Dobyns 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 are on display October 8 through December 14. The public is welcome to the opening reception on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but information on extended gallery hours can be found by contacting Ruth M. Brindle Dobyns or visiting www.wilmington.edu/qhc.

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