Brenda Thompson, Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins of SoLA Contemporary stand amid an installation of protest signs. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Brenda Thompson, Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins of SoLA Contemporary stand amid an installation of protest signs. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Black Lives Matter protests continue around the country, making familiar the myriad signs that people hold up: “Justice for George Floyd.” “No Justice, No Peace.” “8:46,” the last a reference to the amount of time a police officer held a knee to Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis.

Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins, who run SoLA Contemporary, see art in these simple, yet direct, missives. So they have gathered dozens of protest signs and installed them in their storefront gallery space in a way that feels as if you have stumbled into a demonstration that’s been frozen in space and in time.

Suspended from the ceiling are bright pieces of poster board and scraps of cardboard emblazoned with slogans such as “Defund the Police,” “All Black Lives Matter”

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BEDFORD, MA — Coronavirus restrictions may have kept Bedford students out of the classroom for the better part of the year, but it didn’t stop them from creating. Bedford Public Schools students continued to make impressive artwork and the district is determined to showcase their work, despite physical barriers.

In the spirit of creativity and innovation, the district made this year’s annual art gallery a virtual tour. Artwork from students from Davis Elementary all the way up to Bedford High School is all on one website.

This is the Bedford Public Schools K-12 Art Show’s 25th anniversary.

“Creating art may never be more important than it is right now,” wrote Sean Hagan the district visial arts director, “Art allows an outlet for creativity and imagination, stress and anxiety relief and provides a means to connect with others.”

The gallery is set up so that the viewer can click through different

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