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Foundation holds juried exhibition show to raise funds for HIV/AIDS

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Red is a color loaded with meaning. Often associated with passion, sex and anger, the hue has also become associated with HIV/AIDS awareness.

Oklahoma City-based group The Red Line Foundation is holding its second annual "Red Show," a juried exhibition featuring artists who embraced the color of red to help fight an epidemic.

"The only requirement is submissions needs to be 50 percent red, and it's left up to the artist what they determine to be the color red," said the foundation's treasurer, Ashley Griffith. "We don't tell the artists this, but we leave the interpretation of the theme open to them and to the judges."

Last year, Griffith said the show raised more than $8,000. The money was donated to the Winds House, a program that maintains two residences that house those with HIV/AIDS. Griffith said the show is more than just a fund-raiser, organizers want to educate the public about the disease.

RED LINE FOUNDATION
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005 Oklahoma ranked 28th nationwide in reported AIDS cases with 4,651 cumulative from the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, so The Red Line Foundation wants to educate the metro community. The CDC reported that 8.1 percent of reported cases were contracted through heterosexual sex, and event organizers hope to inform locals that the disease isn't isolated to the gay community or intravenous drug users. 

Artists participating in the exhibit were not announced by press time, but Griffith said they are expecting another diverse show. Last year's event had featured artists of all shades, including mixed-media illustrator Sarah Atlee, tattoo artist Josh Reynolds and ceramic corset designer Nicole Moan.

The fund-raiser starts 8 p.m. Saturday at the a.k.a. Gallery, 3001 Paseo. Tickets are $5.

"?Charles Martin

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