Brookings exhibit will showcase LGBTQ artists

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In conjunction with Pride Month, the Brookings Arts Council is offering “In Living Color,” an exhibit showcasing the work of LBGTQ artists.

LBGTQ artists can submit up to three pieces for the exhibit through May 26. The exhibit starts June 1.

Brookings Arts Council Executive Director Rachel Funk said that so far there have been 16 artists registered for the exhibit. There is no cost to enter artwork in the exhibit and no age limit on the artists.

“We had some teenagers enter, which is great,” Funk said.

The show is open to LBGTQ artists and makers. Funk explained that makers include “some people who are artisans who may not consider themselves fine artists.” Examples of this could include leatherwork, woodworking or basketmaking.

Artists can display their works anonymously or under a false name.

“A lot of people aren’t out to their friends and family,” Funk said, explaining that she didn’t want that to be a reason why LBGTQ artists kept their art out of the show.

Some items in the exhibit will be for sale. Artworks that sell will be marked as sold and stay with the exhibit until it closes on July 16.

“The response has been really positive so far about the show,” Funk said.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 1.

Funk said she hoped the exhibit could be a gateway to recognition for artists who may have shunned the spotlight.

“They may be people who haven’t previously been able to display their work and would feel comfortable” at the exhibit, Funk said.

While the call for art is open until this Friday, Funk can already make some assurances about what those who visit the exhibit will see.

“They will see the vast talent and range of everything that people have to offer,” Funk said.

Regular hours for the arts council exhibits at 524 Fourth St. are from noon to 5 Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.