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Work by artist Sue Dumolt will be featured through the end of October at Estacada's Spiral Gallery

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Sue Dumolt created a series of heart portraits for her latest show at the Spiral Gallery, 'One Race, Many Colors.'

In her latest show at The Spiral Gallery, Sue Dumolt strives to present people in different ways.

"What I'm trying to do is introduce a person without anyone seeing them first. We make so many presumptions based on what we see," she said.

In "One Race, Many Colors," which will be featured in the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St. during October, Dumolt interviewed 29 people close to her about their three favorite colors and three things they value. She then painted "heart portraits" for each person to explore seeing into someone's heart before seeing their physical appearance.

"What's important to me is that about 30% of them would be labeled black, 30% would be labeled Hispanic, 30% would be labeled white and about 4% would be labeled Native American, but you can't tell what the person would be labeled when looking at the painting," Dumolt said. "We have so many assumptions that we make about people by how they look, and we're so wrong."

Dumolt enjoyed the process of connecting with her portrait subjects.

"They're all people I know, and it was really heartening. I got to interview them about what was important to them. It was very gratifying," she said.

Along with the heart portraits, "One Race, Many Colors" also features small paintings called "love squares," tye-dye shirts and earrings, all crafted by Dumolt.

During an opening reception for "One Race, Many Colors" from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 100 cups and bowls crafted by Dumolt's fellow artist De Johnson will be given away to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the gallery.

Dumolt added that this show is particularly meaningful to her.

"Other shows have been to showcase artistic talents I've developed. This one is to express a deep belief of mine," she said.

If you go

What: Opening reception for "One Race, Many Colors" by Sue Dumolt

When: 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4

Where: The Spiral Gallery, 241 S. Broadway St.

More information: thespiralgallery.com


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