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Artist's show celebrates peace and tolerance

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An artist is celebrating peace and tolerance through her work on display at the Jewish Community Center.

Laurie Wohl's show Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory interweaves Muslim, Jewish, and Christian poetry and spiritual texts.

She says the three faiths have more in common than people think. Wohl, who was family in France, hopes the recent tragedies there won't create even more violence.

"There is a lot of hatred abroad in the world and there is a lot of good," she said."What we need to do is to try to understand the different cultures that are in the world and not demonize people for the actions of a few."

Wohl uses fiber art pieces, unwoven canvas, textured papers and other materials for her work. There is an audio component to the project and consists of readings in English, Arabic and Hebrew of the portions of the poems and spiritual texts contained in the Unweavings, Wohl said.

Her work is on display in the Patio Gallery of the Jewish Community Center at 3600 Dutchmans Lane now through February 24.

Two other exhibits are running in conjunction to Wohl's show, both focusing on the theme of peace, but using different mediums. Terry Taylor, executive director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, will present his photography show, A Pilgrim Lens. Peace Postcards will also participate in the event with a public art project set up outside of the Patio Gallery.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information visit

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