Artist Sarah Dale’s truth is very powerful

Sarah Dale is one of several artists participating in the fourth annual “Truth to Power” exhibition at Pleiades Gallery, opening Friday as part of Third Friday in Durham.

A recent MFA graduate of American University, Dale’s art is focused around the caregiver role that family members — in particular spouses — play when soldiers return from war and become veterans.

She has two pieces on display in Pleiades’ exhibition. One, called “Flowers From the VA,” is an extension of a piece called “When War Comes Home,” which sought to artistically show audiences a reality that many are unaware of: for some soldiers, returning home is just the beginning of another battle.

Dale has experienced a phenomenon that many military spouses never hear about (though they might be experiencing it): secondary PTSD. Both she and her husband have suffered suicidal urges in the years following his return from deployment. They have spent many years recovering, and still struggle with the long-term ramifications of his service. A recent resident of the Triangle, Dale and her husband moved here from DC seeking peace and quiet as part of their healing process.

Click on the images below and read the captions to learn about Dale’s awareness-raising art and the gifts she brings to the Durham art community.

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Truth to Power 4
Pleiades Gallery, 109 East Chapel Hill St.
Third Friday reception and Five Points Plaza open mic event: 6 to 9 p.m.

“Truth to Power 4: Communicating Messages of Social Justice through Visual Art” is a juried show open to NC artists that focuses on matters of social justice. This year marks the fourth installation of this powerful and thought-provoking exhibit.

 

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