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Life Pieces To Masterpieces: Courage on Canvas

10/3/2012, 4:02 p.m.

At Pepco Edison Place Gallery - Oct. 5 to Oct. 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pepco Edison Place Gallery presents "Courage on Canvas," a celebration of 16 years of remarkable artwork created by Life Pieces To Masterpieces' apprentices.

The month long exhibition, which opens Oct. 3 and runs through Nov.1, features 70 major paintings from the Life Pieces' catalog of over 1,000 masterpieces.

Founded in 1996, Life Pieces To Masterpieces is an arts-based, year-round, comprehensive youth development and character education organization for African-American males. It teaches integrity, character development, and leadership skills. The group takes its name from the unique, homegrown style of art that the apprentices collectively create. The art style was developed by Ward Seven native Larry Quick, co-founder of Life Pieces To Masterpieces, who grew up in public housing. Sixteen years later, this art process continues to help the young men connect with each other and reflect on their life experiences and challenges.

For the last six years, 100 percent of Life Pieces' apprentices have graduated high-school and have gone onto post-secondary education, the work force, and/or the military.

The Edison Place Gallery exhibition will begin with an evening on the red carpet 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Most paintings in Life Pieces' catalog are available for purchase or lease through the Corporate Art by Life Pieces program.

The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located in Pepco's Edison Place headquarters at 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The entrance to the Edison Place Gallery is on Eighth Street between G and H streets, directly behind the Pepco headquarters entrance. Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.