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Paintings by Nina Bradford inspired by people helping one another during tumultuous times will be featured in July

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Nina Bradford and her dog, Bradford, stand alongside several pieces in her show 'Make Art Not War.'

In "Make Art Not War," Nina Bradford has responded to the ways she's people support one another during the past year.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of stress, Bradford appreciated seeing others support one another during uncertain times, and the show features many bright, uplifting colors.

"Make Art Not War" will be featured through the end of July at the Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway St.

"Art is an expression of what it is to be human, and a reaction to the world we live in," Bradford said. "It doesn't have to be all smiley faces and positivity. It can be confrontational."

The show features a variety of acrylic paintings, with subjects like trees at Timber Park, a series of goats and a shooting target. One piece, titled "You Are Here," features the solar system.

"It was a reaction to COVID and the wildfires," Bradford said. "It helps put it in perspective that there's a huge solar system that we're part of."

"Make Art Not War" has been at the gallery since the beginning of this month. Bradford appreciates seeing the pieces displayed.

"My studio isn't really big, so I couldn't see them all at one time before," she said. "When we hung them up, it was so bright."

If you go

What: "Make Art Not War" show

Where: The Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway St.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through July


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