The Campbell River Art Gallery held its second opening for Behind the Lines on June 13, 2019. The show features 20 contemporary Syrian artists, most of them refugees. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

‘Not alone in the world’: Campbell River Art Gallery unveils second half of Syrian art exhibition

Afternoon of Syrian food and music taking place on Saturday

The Campbell River Art Gallery (CRAG) held its second opening on Thursday evening for Behind the Lines, a travelling exhibition of Syrian contemporary artwork.

Two openings took place to accommodate the large number of paintings, photos, sculptures and other items on display.

The show features 20 contemporary Syrian artists, most of them refugees. Six of the artists remain in Syria, which has been embroiled in civil war since 2011. The conflict is believed to have killed more than 500,000 people.

“All of the works are full of emotion and many reference heavy subject matter,” the gallery said in a Facebook post on Monday. “We hope that by generating conversation around the artworks and the personal stories of the artists, we can find hope and strength in our community and remind ourselves that we are not alone in the world.”

The Penticton Art Gallery organized the exhibition in partnership with the Cyrrus Gallery of Damascus. The exhibition runs until July 3.

The exhibition is part of a program of events organized by CRAG to showcase Syrian culture. The series continues with an afternoon of Syrian food and music at Spirit Square on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

The free event will feature the BaBa Gannouj food truck, accordion music, dancing and gallery tours. Visitors can also learn to write their names in Arabic.

For more details about the gallery’s programming, visit crartgallery.ca or the CRAG Facebook page.

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