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American tradition dictates that brides wear white, a symbol of purity. In contrast, the traditional bride in Taiwan wears a red garment, symbolizing good fortune. In modern day Yemen, a bride might be festooned in lavish adornment, an opulent display of status. In ancient Greece, marriage and deception intertwined in the tragedy of Clytemnestra and Iphigenia. The myth and magic of weddings is the central theme of the Louisville Visual Art Association's exhibit, I Do, I Do, which opened June 23, 2006.

The exhibit presents a collection of paintings, photographs, and assemblages epitomizing the rituals of marriage. "Rites of passage define cultures. Momentous occasions of birth, coming of age, marriage, death and the rituals that surround them are the touchstones of how a culture interacts and presents itself to the world," says Kay Grubola, the Louisville Visual Art Association's Exhibition Coordinator. "As different as those rituals and customs may be, the occasions that they celebrate are universal and thus offer us a glimpse of another life similar and yet distinctly different. The institution of marriage is the window for this exhibition. Artists are the narrators and historians of cultural phenomena and the photos, paintings and carefully crafted mementos of the occasion of a marriage offer us an insightful picture. You may relate to, or puzzle over the images you will see but you will recognize the root of the celebration."

The artists featured in I Do, I Do are Ann Stewart Anderson, Gaela Erwin, Kathleen Everhardt, James Frankenberger, Meg Higgins, Brian Jones, Erica LaViolette, Samantha Matzek, Melissa McIntosh, Gabrielle Mayer, Suzanne Mitchell, Shih-yu Peng, Meghan Toombs, Asma Al-Wadidi, and Marty Walsh.

The exhibit runs through August 19th. The Louisville Visual Art Association is a member of the Fund for the Arts. The Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet, provides operational support funding for the Louisville Visual Art Association with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.  For additional information about any of the Louisville Visual Art Association programs, call 896-2146 or visit the organization's website,
www.louisvillevisualart.org.
                                                                                

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