Art exhibit selects local artist for premiere event

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Tacoma artist, LeShawn Gamble, has been selected by popular demand to exhibit his latest work, “The UnTIED States of America,” this August at The Resource Center in Hilltop. Gamble’s work was chosen from a highly competitive lineup of more than 100 local artists for the show, which will focus attention on the current state of social and economic unrest in our country.

A Virginian by birth, Gamble has lived in Tacoma since 1999. Self-taught and trained, Gamble became a master artist during his time in prison in 2007 due to a minor marijuana possession charge. The injustice he received during his time there and after are what fueled his advocacy for social justice issues. As a US Veteran and graduate student of the University of Washington, Gamble decided to do more for his community by creating a company that could be a catalyst for change. Renaissance 21 not only produces various mediums of provocative, timely art, but is the host of Project L.O.V.E. – a program to empower at-risk youth through self-expression and entrepreneurship.

“We loved the global and timeless qualities of Gamble’s work,” commented Drea Baines, Director of The Resource Center. “Together with his vivid color palette, these qualities make his work very accessible to a variety of age-groups and cultures – which is important in furthering the narrative surrounding socio-economic injustice and unrest in our country.”

Gamble’s purpose as an artist is to create art that will help aid change in the world by helping drive change in his community. He believes real change starts at home.

The UnTIED States of America will take place at The Resource Center at 1004 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma on Thursday, Aug. 30. An opening reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Further details can be found on the official show website at untiedstatesr21.eventbrite.com.

For further information about Gamble’s work including dates and times for his art parties and classes, please visit his website at www.renaissancetwetny-one.com or email leshawn@renaissancetwetny-one.com

For more information on the show, visit www.renaissancetwenty-one.com, www.renaissancetwenty-one.com/project-l-o-v-e and www.theresourcecenter.space

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