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Quaker Heritage Center to Feature 'Reflections on the War in Afghanistan'

Exhibit Displays 45 Murals and Afghan Children's Artwork

March 27, 2012

One of the images in the exhibit,

One of the images in the exhibit, "Windows and Mirrors."

A provocative art exhibit highlighting the human cost of war will open Monday (April 2) in the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College.

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features 45 murals by American and international artists that memorializes the war’s civilian casualties. Also, the artwork of Afghan children reflects living with war for much if not all of the their lives.

The exhibit runs through June 29.

The Quaker Heritage Center and American Friends Service Committee are co-sponsoring the exhibit, which offers, as curator Ruth Dobyns noted, “windows into a war-torn country and mirrors reflecting our identity as a nation at war.”

The 4-foot by 6-foot panels, each uniquely designed by an artist or group of artists, combine to create a thought-provoking and compelling display addressing the true cost of war. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

“The timing of this exhibit couldn’t be better,” says Ruth Brindle Dobyns, curator of the Quaker Heritage Center.

“Nationally, polls are showing that the majority of Americans support out withdrawal from Afghanistan,” she added, noting that more than 30 WC students recently lobbied in Washington D.C. calling for a withdrawal. “This exhibit is an excellent opportunity for those students to follow up on their political activism, and for community members to learn more about the issue.”

She said it is the hope of the AFSC that visitors to Windows and Mirrors will join in the nationwide dialogue about the war and how we can move toward positive alternatives, according to Mary Zerkel, national tour director of Windows and Mirrors.

“We hope that each person will make a commitment to speak to just ten of their friends, family or neighbors about the human cost of the war in Afghanistan.”

Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by special appointment. Extended hours include April 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; April 14 and 15, noon to 5 p.m.; and June 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center is located in Wilmington College’s Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center, corner of College and Douglas streets.