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Absolutely amazing and heart-wrenching work my Ojibwe son and I thoroughly “enjoyed.” It is definitely not for the weak of heart, blasting your reality with the reality of racism in this country of ours.
A Tuesday reception and artist’s remarks opened “No Place for the Weak,” an exhibit by Christopher Olszewski that runs through Oct. 6 in The Gallery at Penn College. A crowd of faculty – as well as several entire classes of students – were on hand to hear Olszewski, whose work colorfully and intriguingly explores the way ancient Native American heritage is entwined in contemporary culture. A member of the Chippewa nation who teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design, the artist discussed retracing the Trail of Tears in a beat-up Jeep Cherokee. Hours for the exhibit are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, is closed Mondays and Saturdays.