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'Rainbow Crosswalk' Art Exhibit Opens Friday

Martin Duvander's one-man show is inspired by West Hollywood's rainbow crosswalks.

Artist Martin Duvander will host his first one-man show Rainbow Crosswalks, which is inspired by Weho's new rainbow crosswalks, at the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica beginning Friday night.

“These permanent rainbow crosswalks are living pieces of art that serve as beacons to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the world, and are bold vibrant symbols of hope and pride which were the spark for this show,” Duvander said in a press release.

The shows runs Friday, Oct. 19 from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 12-4 p.m. The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

“Making the rainbow crosswalks permanent sends a powerful message to the world that the City of West Hollywood stands for diversity and embraces and welcomes all LGBT people,” West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang said in a statement. “In parts of the world and even in this country where being gay or lesbian has to be repressed for mere survival, our rainbow crosswalks signify that in West Hollywood, LGBT people can be proud to be themselves."

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