Sex-slave trade exhibit comes to South Whidbey

An art exhibit highlighting the impact of prostitution and the sex-slave trade is this weekend.

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016 1:30am
  • Life

An art exhibit highlighting the impact of prostitution and the sex-slave trade is at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley this weekend.

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world, but the reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse, according to a news release. “Unmade Bed” is an exhibit of visual art that tackles the heart response to the sex slave trade.

“We hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice,” said Debra Calkins, a Freeland artist whose work is featured in the exhibit.

This exhibit began Friday and is open from 1-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Participating artists from western Washington invite the public to come respond to this powerful topic and exhibit. The art ranges from photography to encaustic to video to fiber by artists: Calkins, Christina Fairley-Erickson, Jan Fisher, Julie Gautier-Downs, Mary Hilkey, Barbara Matthews, Marie Plakos, Diane Reardon, and Cheryl Weisz.

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