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Umbrellas for Peace Gallery Exhibit

August 03, 2013
Location: Beachwood Community Center

Rain or shine, Ursuline College’s Umbrellas for Peace Gallery Exhibit will open July 13 in the Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd.

The exhibition of 65 hand-painted umbrellas by 65 different artists as well as 40 plus photographs showcase Ursuline Art Therapy Student Diane Fleisch Hughes’ Umbrellas for Peace project, an event April 26. Ursuline was the first in Ohio to participate in this global art initiative, which was started by activist and artist Matt Lamb in 2002. 

Ursuline’s event involved over 75 adults and children. The participants gathered on campus to paint umbrellas and then carried their creations as they marched together through the grounds. This effort was Hughes’ thesis project – an examination of how art can be used to build and strengthen communities.

The umbrella serves as a metaphor for protection – all people, regardless of race, age, gender or country, are safe under the umbrella. 

The exhibition will run through August 3, 2013. Community Center hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. An artist reception will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 21 at the Beachwood Community Center. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public. 

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