Peace of Art

Thoughtful ceramics at BAM.

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On the surface, BAM's Offering Reconciliation is an exhibit of beautiful ceramic bowls sculpted by 135 prominent Palestinian and Israeli artists. But the deeper message here is that each bowl symbolizes the idea of reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians through art. Palestinian artist Osama Zatar, for example, sculpted an olive tree–a symbol of life and peace common to Christianity, Judaism and Islam–out of barbed wire and placed it in his bowl's painted rural landscape. Of course there's no easy solution to the Israeli and Palestinian strife, but these bowls play an important part in furthering the dialogue of peace between the two nations. Hours vary. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue; 425.519.0770