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Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

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Jay Raven, local Windsor visual artist, showcases his artwork at the Artspeak Gallery.

A local artist is inviting Windsorites to escape negativity and explore the positive effects of colorful art and inspirational words.

While words and artwork may not seem like a classic combination, Jay Raven has chosen to take an unconventional route. He wanted to take all the negativity society sees on a daily basis and create an escape. After experimenting with words and sketches, he broke out all the paint he could get his hands on, from aerosol to latex and even acrylic, and created uplifting pieces of art designed to breathe new life in to a space, while also representing “the creative process.”

“My intention was to create a space where for a brief time the viewer is granted escape from the hard negative stimuli, and soft asylum in a positive environment,” said Raven. “In short, it’s a simple art show, with an interactive, abstract and entirely positive purpose.Using creativity to craft an encouraging atmosphere, if only for a brief time, is never a bad idea – it’s positive feedback every time.”

Being a self-taught visual artist for 13 years, Raven has always been engaged in creating art and is consistently looking for new and innovative ways to get his message out there. He uses his art to spread personal messages, and from this exhibit in particular, Raven wants people to realize how beneficial it can be to break out of a conventionally negative mindsets.

“For me personally it has become extremely exasperating,” said Raven. “There is so much pessimism being broadcast it’s hard not to be adversely affected, whether you realize it or not. Words are very powerful things, and I believe that the words we expose ourselves to have an echo or fractal effect. Words that we read or speak which are negative will always begin a negative thought process. So in understanding this pattern, clearly the only way to reverse that process is to be exposed to positive messages.”

After coming up with this concept himself, Raven put words together in meaningful and unconventional ways to create a new “upbeat definition,” all of which being positive.

Raven’s art will be on display until June 7th at the Artspeak Gallery, located at 1942 Wyandotte Street East between 12pm and 5pm daily, and is also available for purchase.

Raven will also be painting a live mural Saturday, June 7th in the Gallery.

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