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Artist’s Aim in Exhibit: Invoking Compassion


Entering the gallery to “Hope and History”
Entering the gallery to “Hope and History”
Peck laughs while answering a visitor’s question.
Peck laughs while answering a visitor’s question.
Guests contemplate Peck’s intimate oils.
Guests contemplate Peck’s intimate oils.
The artist points out details during her talk.
The artist points out details during her talk.
“Immemorial” (at right) and other works offer a unique world view.
“Immemorial” (at right) and other works offer a unique world view.

Oil paintings embedded with the intention of stirring compassion were explored by guests at the opening of “Hope and History” Thursday night in The Gallery at Penn College. Artist Judith Peck shared her process and answered questions during the artist’s talk, which drew a sizable crowd of college and community members. Peck’s intimate storytelling on canvas aims to expose our shared humanity, with observations on individual grief and small acts mirroring collective hope and healing. The artist remarked on the beauty of The Gallery space and the welcoming reception she’s received during her visit. “Hope and History” runs through April 18 on the third floor of Madigan Library. The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1.

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