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Exhibit personalizes domestic violence

Autobiographical information will accompany black and white photographs of 28 survivors.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2001

SAINT LEO -- An art exhibit Saturday at Saint Leo University seeks to show that domestic violence can happen to anyone, organizers said.

"Surviving Domestic Violence: The Journey Beyond," an exhibit of black and white photographs by Mika Fowler, depicts victims who don't look like victims, said Candice Warmke, a trustee at Women's Peacepower Foundation in Dade City.

Fowler's 28 pictures will be accompanied by autobiographical information about each subject, telling what they did after being victimized, Warmke said.

"It's a positive thing," she said. "It basically says we have these experiences and we go beyond them."

The exhibit, in the McDonald Center on the east end of campus, is open to Saint Leo students for free from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

It will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $25. Proceeds go to Peacepower, a non-profit agency that gives awards to women locally and around the world for peace efforts in their communities, Warmke said.

At 7 p.m., Warmke and Kimberley Anderson, who works for a local real estate company, will speak about their experiences as victims of domestic violence.

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