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Let Freedom Ring

A group of culturally diverse artists have come together for a visual dialogue on the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Artists including photographer and painter Javier Alarcón (see "Shock," pictured) and painters Clina Polloni and Caesar Hunt have joined to discuss how the meaning of the word "freedom" has changed recently. "What we're trying to do with this exhibition is to link current events directly to the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he may or may not have reacted to the events of Sept. 11," says Elliot Blade, president of BGroup Contemporary Art & Design in Apex and the curator of this show. "Looking at King's philosophies, what would he have thought of the Taliban and bin Laden's use of violence to achieve a political end--which resulted in the destruction of their organization and the loss of any political statement they may have intended to make?" There will be a reception for Let Freedom Ring Jan. 12 from 7-10 p.m., featuring storytelling from Louise Omoto Kessel and live music from Doug Barrick and Yolanda Batts, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary. The exhibition runs Jan. 10-27. Call 460-4963 or visit www.townofcary.org for details.

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