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Deon Venter - Missing/Highway of Tears


The highway refers to a short stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where 18 girls, almost all Aboriginal,  were murdered.  On the piece of highway from Vancouver  to Edmonton RCMP records show that over 200 people have disappeared on this route. 

The Highway of Tears is an installation of individual portraits alternating with flower paintings, and was inspired by two poems of the Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Mary Oliver, entitled "Goldenrod" and "Peonies".  These nature poems form a potent metaphor for the young lives lost.

Venter states, "I hope my paintings achieve some type of memorial, awareness and resolution in converting the subject into life affirming art."  

SJIMA thanks the sponsors of this exhibition-The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Kim Miller, San Juan Island Community Foundation, Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Printonyx, Harbor Rentals & Browne's Home Center.

Starts: August 08, 2020

Occurs: Every week on Sunday Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until August 17, 2020
Time: 11-5

Admission: $10 admission with SJIMA members and those 18 and under admitted free.

Location: San Juan Islands Museum of Art
540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, 98250

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Produced By: Diane Martindale

Contact Person:: Diane Martindale

Phone: 360-370-5814


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