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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Haiti before and after 2010 earthquake explored in Seattle City Hall exhibition

8/24/2012  10:00:00 AM

Haiti before and after 2010 earthquake explored in Seattle City Hall exhibition
Pacific Northwest artists highlight the country, people, culture and struggle in 'Remember Haiti'
Opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6

SEATTLE — Although Seattle has a small Haitian population, the January 2010 7.0 earthquake in Haiti had a great impact on our awareness of the need and culture of a people living in this poor country. The powerful 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, Sept. 6 through Nov. 2 at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. The opening reception will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 at City Hall.

The Haiti earthquake quickly changed the lives of the families and the landscape of the country. Remember Haiti offers a vision of Haiti through the eyes of artists Olivia Pendergast, Robert Horton and Eric D. Salisbury. Pendergast 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 that encourage the viewer to embrace the country and learn how to become actively involved in making a difference in the lives of those affected. Information on how to help will be available at the exhibition.

Remember Haiti is on view at the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery (located on the L-2 level of City Hall), 600 Fourth Ave. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of artists in our community, and advocating for issues affecting the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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