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Student’s Pottstown Exhibit Displays Daily Life In Iraq

POTTSTOWN PA – Mention the war in Iraq, and images of the military, bombs and insurgents come to mind. Beyond these scenes, however, are innocent civilians trying to survive and live in a war-torn country.

One of the Leesha Quigg photos to be exhibited during April

Leesha Quigg, a Montgomery County Community College student and a U.S. Army civil affairs specialist, recently served a year in the province of Diwaniyah, Iraq. With her camera in hand, this single mother captured simple yet poignant moments of the Iraqi people: children playing in the streets, students learning in refurbished schools, and widows attempting to rebuild their lives.

Quigg’s photographs will be on display during a special exhibition, “Photographs from Iraq,” from April 6-29 (2011) on the second floor above the North Hall Gallery at college campus, 16 High St., Pottstown PA.

During the same period, the college will host its sixth annual West Campus Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition on the gallery’s first floor. The exhibition will include artwork featuring a variety of subjects and styles in an array of media.

A reception for both exhibitions will begin April 13 (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. An awards ceremony for the students’ exhibition will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a gallery talk by Quigg. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.

Proceeds from the sale of prints and catalogs of the “Photographs from Iraq” exhibition will be used to help fund the college’s Jess Hodges Memorial Veterans Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a veteran student.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on weekends.

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