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“Together: A Portrait Of Americans” At Townsend Atelier

One of the paintings in “Together:  A Portrait of Americans.”
David Michael Salerno / Townsend Atelier
One of the paintings in “Together: A Portrait of Americans.”

The words “E pluribus unum” - Latin for “Out of many, one” - appear on the Great Seal of the United States and most of our currency.

They refer to this nation’s independence, just celebrated - and they are the animating spirit of an exhibition that opens Friday at Townsend Atelier here in Chattanooga, titled “Together: A Portrait of Americans.”

Artist David Michael Salerno spent two years painting oil portraits of 40 people from diverse religious backgrounds in the Chattanooga area for the “Together” exhibition.

I spoke with him, his wife Leah - also an oil painter - and Peggy Townsend of Townsend Atelier.

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