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Exhibit dedicated to Artest debuts in Toronto

on Tuesday,December 21,2010 20:12

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Art can not only give people a glimpse into history, but also current events and public figures. Recently, a project was created in honor of basketball player, Ron Artest, according to ESPN. The collection combined the world of art with sports, giving viewers a chance to see Artest in a new creative light.

Lovable Bad***: Artists on Artest was showcased at the Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto, Canada. Steve Manale, a cartoonist, developed the idea and brought it to life.

"Beyond being charismatic ...Ron Artest could be the single most honest and open figure in pop culture," Manale told the news source. "I think it’s nearly impossible for someone in the public to reinvent themselves from villain to hero, and him doing that should be celebrated."

Artest stopped by the exhibit while visiting the Toronto Raptors over the weekend with his current team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It was fun," Artest told the news source. "I didn’t know what to think about it at first. It was definitely special. It was unexpected, overwhelming."

Employment of artists is predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
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