“Black Lives Matter,” an exhibit of original artwork by local and regional artists, opened Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.

The exhibit is presented in honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, organizers say.

The display features a variety of two- and three-dimensional art, including paintings, collage, song lyrics and pen-and-ink artwork, as well as a series of 12-by-12-inch canvas pieces created by artists of all ages in this region.

The exhibition, which continues through Feb. 28, is located in the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To visit the gallery, enter through door A. Visitor parking is free in the large end lot.

This exhibit “is in response to recent racist violence” and “long-time racism,” which has caused the current unrest, according to a news release from the arts council.

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“We know people need art right now more than ever to express ourselves and cope with the many emotions we’ve all been feeling,” Mara Hanel, arts council director, said in the release.

The exhibit is made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

For more information, send an e-mail to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call the council office at (218) 745-8886.