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Identifying art

Mystery surrounds the Lincoln Arts Council’s latest show.
Over 30 pieces hang in the galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center. They have one thing in common – each work is owned by the Arts Council.
Beyond that, little is known about much of the art.
“We don’t know how it got here,” said Carrie Yousef, interim executive director of the Arts Council.
The art has been unearthed from storage, offices and the walls of the Cultural Center. Some of it has never been viewed by the public.
“We have searched every corner of this building pretty much looking for it,” Yousef said.
The end result has been 20-years worth of art donations and very few records.
“We have a fairly valuable collection,” Yousef said. “We just want to know more about it.”
And so, while the art is on display, members of the Arts Council hope donors will come forward with more information.
The art is on display now, but an official opening won’t take place until Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center.
At that time, Arts Council members hope artists will be identified, histories will be given and contracts will be signed showing the art was donated.
Even those with no connection to the art are urged to attend and view the collection.
“It’s a huge variety. We’ve got acrylic, we’ve got pastels, we’ve got pen and ink,” Yousef said. “There’s everything. There’s even needle work.”
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Want to go? The art show is currently on display now at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The opening will be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
by Sarah Grano

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