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City Hall exhibition explores Haiti before and after 2010 earthquake

Haiti’s January 2010 7.0 earthquake left more than one million people homeless, 220,000 killed and 300,000 injured.  The country, people, culture and struggle are captured through the work of three Pacific Northwest artists in the exhibition Remember Haiti. The show opens at a reception, 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 and is on view through Nov. 2 at City Hall.

Remember Haiti offers a vision of Haiti through the eyes of artists Olivia Pendergast, Robert Horton and Eric D. Salisbury. Pendergrast spent months in Haiti before the earthquake to capture the spirit and culture of the people. Horton and Salisbury went to Haiti one year after the earthquake as part of a mission trip organized by Of One Body, a Seattle nonprofit organization. Horton and Salisbury’s art shares the strife, chaos and sadness of lives changed and lives lost.

Remember Haiti will consist of approximately 36 works in watercolor, acrylics and sumi ink drawings. Information will be available on how to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the earthquake.

 Image: Olivia Pendergast, Red Jumper Orphanage 1, 2011, oil, 36” x 36”. Photo courtesy of the artist.