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Cameron Gray

Cameron Gray (MFA 2020 Integrated Visual Arts) has an installation at OL Guild, an extension of Olson-Larsen Galleries, located one block east of the main gallery at 201 Fourth St. in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction. A Place is The Space is on view until Friday, July 23. Gray will be on site from 1:30–3:30 p.m. every Sunday afternoon during the exhibition, which focuses on carving out a space where there is none.

“I wanted to create an installation that was made specifically for us and us alone. Housed in the four walls of this gallery, I have created a space for connection and healing. A space devoid of white influence. A space that recognizes the beauty of the Black spirit and places it on a pedestal,” Gray says.

“As Black people, we continue to be plagued by Black death at the hands of law enforcement and in this past year, another killer, COVID-19. Despite all of the associated trauma, we have never been given the space to heal ourselves. This exhibition is a space of connection with one’s self and the people who are no longer with us. It is my attempt to bring peace through the turmoil to others, while also harnessing the power of my own ancestors for strength and guidance through these quite troubling times.”

Visitors can also enjoy soul food from 2–6 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

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