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Local Art Exhibit Spotlights Racism, Injustice

Artists Embrace Social Activism

Barrington M. Salmon | 9/4/2013, 3 p.m.
"Profiled" Mixed Media by Larry Poncho Brown is part of the exhibit "The Art of Justice: Honoring and Continuing a Movement for Equality through Artistic Expression" at the Mount Rainier Artist Lofts Gallery in Mount Rainier, Md.

"I went to private school but I was watched and followed," he said. "What saved me is that I'm articulate. As a black man, I know I could end up in jail anytime and not because I did anything. They would not arrest Zimmerman for 45 days. The reality is that we have the same issues and challenges and have to deal with them. The exhibit is a great way to open up dialogue."

The exhibit's run has been extended to Sunday, Sept. 22 and plans are in the works to take the show on the road, Brown said.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. The gallery at the Mount Rainier Artists Lofts is located at 3311 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier, Md. The exhibition is open daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is Metro and handicapped accessible.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Ayanna Gregory will be the featured guest artist performing excerpts from her critically acclaimed play, "Daughter of the Struggle." Gregory recounts the trials and tribulations of growing up as the daughter of civil rights activist Dick Gregory. On Sunday, Sept. 22, an Artist Roundtable will be held at 2:30 p.m., at the gallery.