Bird of Prey, by Marilyn da Silva, was created for the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit, an initiative that highlights gun violence, and a portion of which will be on display at ArtSeed in New Albany beginning Jan. 12.

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As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, ArtSeed and The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will host two art exhibitions, and a cultural series directly addressing the multifaceted and interconnected issues of violence in Louisville and Southern Indiana, an ArtSeed news release stated.

The project will feature the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (The Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions of Peace Now) exhibition, an initiative organized by renowned metalsmith, artist Boris Bally. The show features dozens of works made from decommissioned firearms by artists from the United States and six other countries. The exhibitions will serve as an artistic catalyst for not only critical discussion, but ongoing action.

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW constructs a theoretical portrait of violence — calling on themes of greed, systematic oppression, irony, and beauty. Each artist’s interpretation of the gun as an object is insightfully represented, the release stated.

In addition, artist Kenneth Hayden’s work will be exhibited in conjunction with the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit at ArtSeed, 1931 E. Spring St., New Albany.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at ArtSeed. The exhibit runs through March 17. In addition artists Roxy Lentz and Hayden have donated work for those who donate to the exhibit’s GoFundMe page at The first three people to donate at $50 and above receive a limited addition earring set and the first five to donate at $100 and above will receive a limited addition print.

The programming in conjunction with the exhibits will work to present violence as a phenomenon that is more than just incidental, but nuanced, deeply rooted, and non-discriminate and will directly address these questions: “What needs to change, and how will each individual implement these changes?’

Approximately 56 works from I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW, will be exhibited at The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and ArtSeed.

ArtSeed is partnering with the Clifton Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Moms Demand Action, the Department of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, local law enforcement, families, organizations and activists and many more to facilitate open and free discussions that take a holistic approach to gun violence. These talks will cover topics such as: violence as a public health issue; how we can avoid being bystanders; healing through the arts; and mobilizing for change.

The goal of these exhibits and programs is to bring all people from all communities together to work towards tangible and substantial change, the news release stated. The awareness is there, and the effects of bullets surpass the barriers of area codes.

Exhibit, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Julie Schweitzer at or 502-649-3320.