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SIDNEY HE P~ALD, WEDNESDAY, HAY I 5, 2019 A9 BY NICOLE LUCINA Sidney Herald A new exhibit is on display until June I at the MonDak Heritage Center called "Lobotomy," by Lino Azevedo. In his artist statement he says, "Art can be a powerful communicator, sometimes the message is subtle and sometimes it's aggressive. "Recently, I subscribed to cable television for the first time in my life. After only a couple of months of watching cable news and reality TV shows, I am mortified at our cultures's lack of engagement on substantive matters. In the information age, it deeply saddens me that we do not dive deep into real political and social issues that are fatting our society." His paintings show his take on social media and the disconnection society has created. Azevedo has created distorted faces that have social media logos dripping from their faces and even some where there are no faces. "With a noticeable lack of critical thinking and civil discourse, I am compelled to hold a mirror up to our society to show how we have Iobotomized ourselves. Turn off the television. Put the smart phone down. Engage. Think. And, by all means, revise real conversations with fellow citizens. Connect," he said in his statement, Azevedo was born in the 1970s to Portuguese immigrants near San Francisco, California. He started creating art as a child in the typical way that most kids do, with pencils and crayons. His mother who was a painter, saw his potential and let him try out her oils and brushes. Once in grade school, Azevedo was introduced to comic books and role playing games. Throughout his teen years he took to drawing "caped crusaders and wacky wizards," according to his artist bio. After being the recipient of an art award in high school, his guidance PHOTO BY NICOLE LUCINA, SIDNEY HERALD Some of Lino Azevedo's paintings on display at the MonDak Heritage Center. counselor suggested San Jose State University because of its strong art and design program. Azevedo graduated in 1997 with his bachelor's in studio art and began teaching both children and adults drawing and painting. His passion for teaching others grew and he decided to get his MFA so he could teach. He received it in 2013 from Winthrop University. He has gone on to teach at colleges and universities in North Carolina, California and now teaches art at Williston State College. Westside School third grad program A scene from Westside School's third grade program where the students sang and created their own "school" scene. PHOTO BY NICOLE LUCINA SIDNEY HERALD WEEKDAYS I SATURDAY 7:00AM - 6:30PM 9AM - 12PM Sidney Health Center's Walk-ln Clinic is located in the Medical Arts Building near the hospital ER entrance on 12th Avenue Southwest in Sidney. HEALTH ' CENTER CLINIC PRE-APPROVED We con help with your new home purchese or refinonce! Janet Sergent ~ c~ ~0~ Real Estate Loan www.richlandfcu.com 201 West Holly St. Sidney, MT 406-482-2704 Your Spot for at a [] Free Estimates Work with Your Insurance CompaRy All Work Guaranteed Foreign & Domestic 724 E. Main Street Sidney, MT 59270 1 406-433-1015 Automotive Collision Repair Company Locally Owned and O[ erated ! t ) I ; t