L/A Arts Community Gallery presents “World View” collection of work by Wais Ali and Don Bernard; opening reception Friday, May 31.

LEWISTON — L/A Arts will host artists Wais Ali and Don Bernard as its first Community Gallery exhibit for the 2013 Art Walk Lewiston Auburn season. The work, which ranges from beautiful African landscapes to surrealist depictions of well-known Lewiston-Auburn landmarks, will be unveiled at an opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, at L/A Arts, 221 Lisbon Street. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

About Wais Ali

Wais Ali sends viewers on a journey to his hometown in the East African country of Djibouti. Utilizing gouache paints, Ali displays a colorful and beautiful portrayal of tradition and culture juxtaposed with desert landscapes beneath Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ali’s journey from Djibouti inspired his body of work “Africa.” He hopes to show how different life is beyond the day-to-day American landscape. Ali moved to the United States in 2010, first living in Minnesota and then moving to Maine.

About Don Bernard

Don Bernard does not ascribe to any preconceived notions of the definition of art. A fiercely unique artist with a flair for colorful and dramatic works, Bernard exercises his talent in various mediums, ranging from surrealist acrylic paintings to mosaics, ceramics to woodworking. Comparable to the work of Picasso and Dali, Bernard’s collection of work immerses viewers into a world reimagined through his eyes. “My work is located in between the spectrum of old masters and something new,” stated Bernard.

For more information, call 207-782-7228, visit www.laarts.org or email [email protected]

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