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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Washington, DC: Viewers Impressed with International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition

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On December 2, 2011, the International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition opened at the Alex Gallery, the largest gallery in downtown Washington, DC. The opening of the exhibition drew many viewers, some of whom shared their impressions.



Painting: Pure Call



The International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition draws many viewers



Anastasia Bride, manager of the gallery

Anastasia Bride, the facility manager, has been working at this gallery for dozens of years. She said, “This exhibition is shocking. Viewers stay much longer than for other exhibitions. They ask, 'Why does such a persecution occur? What have they done?' This exhibition spurs people's interest in learning about China.”



Susanna Thornton, a photographer and filmmaker

Susanna Thornton, a photographer and filmmaker, said she liked the painting 'Homeless' the best, because it shows a girl keeping her belief under stressful conditions. She said it reminded her of Langston Hughes's poem “Hold Fast to Your Dreams.”



Rosa Dejesus (right), a medical school student from Puerto Rico

Rosa Dejesus, a medical school student from Puerto Rico, was visiting her boyfriend in DC. She said the paintings moved her, especially “Come Back, Daddy.” Without having seen the painting, she would not have learned about what is occurring in China. As a medical school student, she thought it was inconceivable that doctors were involved in harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.



Graduate student Beth Leonhardt

Graduate student Beth Leonhardt said, “When I walked in, I was drawn by the shocking paintings. These paintings are beautiful and inspiring. They are shocking and encourage viewers to learn more.”



Robert Donato, an engineer

Robert Donato, an engineer, said, “It is an eye-opening experience. I did not know the issues in China, such as persecution, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The principle of truth and compassion is good for everyone.”

There are more than 40 paintings in the exhibition, which will run from December 2 through the 30. The gallery is located at 2106 R Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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