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Lonnie Posley, Senior Pastor, New Canaanland Christian Church in Joliet has been creating art for more than 20 years said his inspiration was his mother. Now he is opening the Gifted Hands Art and Cultural Center in downtown Joliet. The center will showcase Black artist in the Joliet community as will as provide a place for those new artist desiring to express themselves through creative art. The Gifted Hand Art and Cultural Center will have opening weekend festivities June 14th thru 16th at Mother Emmanuel Church 225 E. Clinton St. in downtown Joliet. "I'm a mixed-media abstract artist," Pastor Posley explained. "My art depicts trees. I chose trees as a medium of expression, because trees represent life and hope." In 2012, Pastor Posley created art pieces that he presented to the city of Newtown, Connecticut, in connection with the shooting there that claimed the lives of 26 children. "I also created a piece of art called 'No Justice, No Peace' to commemorate the Trayvon Martin shooting." Recently, Pastor Posley presented a tree art piece to the City of Dallas and the Dallas Chief of Police in honor of three policemen who were shot in the line of duty in that city. "We're going to create a new piece for the City of Aurora around the mass shooting that happened there, " Posley said. Gifted Hands Art Center will be a place where local artists can find a place to work and the community can find an emotional outlet.