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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Around the corner from PEPCO'S Edison Place headquarters is the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery at 702 Eighth Street NW. It was established a decade ago to bring in the best non-profit arts organizations with their exhibits.

In celebration of Black History Month the gallery is hosting the exhibition "From the Ashes: Rebirth of the Human Spirit." It's presented by the non-profit group, Black Artists of DC.

Artist & Curator Carolyn S. Goodridge chose the 12 artists in the show. She tells us, "I knew the quality of their work would be wonderful...so I trusted that they would stick with the theme and do their best and show, their unique vision of the theme."

All 56 pieces in the show are for sale, including Goodridge's paintings made with melted beeswax. The ancient process is called "encaustic."

Artist Daniel Brooking focused his camera lens on the largest organ on the body to create his digital print "New Skin 3." And the signature poster art of the exhibit is Hubert Jackson's "Charlie Wright, The Runaway Slave Who Saved The Union."

Jackson says little is known of people like Wright called "Black Dispatches. " They were spies for the Union Army's Bureau of Information which evolved into the CIA. He says his painting of Wright is an homage to all of those forgotten men and women.

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