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A collection of works by painter Karl Slocum entitled “Prayers Within” is on display through Jan. 20 at Lafayette’s David A. Portlock Black Cultural Center, 101 McCartney St. Two free, public events were held Nov. 21 in conjunction with the exhibition.

A resident of Newtown, Pa., Slocum gave a brown bag talk about his career and artwork in the Portlock Gallery. A reception for the artist was held there that evening.

After the death of his brother Michael from AIDS, Slocum began painting with brushes he inherited from him. As a self-defined Christian painter, his art incorporates biblical themes.

“Striking marks with an open hand result in abstractions that I liken to His voice,” says Slocum. “Thematic works, central to Christ and the cross, exist as dialogue transformed into documents. Painting is now my offering to the living.”

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