Brett Lempe is a professional artist. As with any other professional artist, he relishes the opportunity to show off his hard work. In August, he was supposed to get another opportunity to do so… until the Colorado venue decided to cancel his show. The rationale behind it: Brett is pro-life. He wasn’t bringing pro-life work to the show for display or planning on using the art show as a platform. The venue owners just decided that because Brett was pro-life, he was not welcome.
Students for Life reported on the story when Brett first discovered his ejection from the art show earlier this summer. Read that story here.
Instead of creating a great deal of drama, Brett one-upped them and helped organize a pro-life art show hosted by Denver Pro-Life Future at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Denver. The art show was a huge success and featured not only Brett’s work, but work from pro-life artists from around the state (and the country). It included everything from Catholic paintings, comic book style art, and pro-life themed dresses. Overall, the event brought in about 80 people and was Denver Pro-Life Future’s most successful event to date. Brett commented on the show saying, “I am happy to have been able to utilize my skill set to contribute to the pro-life movement and am grateful to the Pro-Life Future team for stepping in and sponsoring the show.”
Brett, who is also the new president of Pro-Life Future, was excited to have the art show, not only because it was a chance to show off his work, but because of what it meant. “There are many ways we can teach and show that all humans have dignity. All humans are valuable regardless of finances, age, gender, race, creed or religion, and whether or not the current location is inside of the womb. One of the ways we can emphasize this truth is through the beauty of art and my hope for the art show was to accomplish this.”
As the event went on, guests were treated to cocktails, art, and speakers while enjoying the company of others. In addition, all participating artists agreed to pledge 10% of any money made to the mission of Students for Life of America in the Rocky Mountain region which helps support groups like Denver Pro-Life Future. Christina Coffman, the Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, noted, “Discrimination against pro-life people is on the rise. The intolerance is not something we are willing to ignore. The pro-life art show was a joy-filled night where we celebrated pro-life artists and their work.” One thing is clear: the pro-life movement can rise above the discrimination and give the world something beautiful, born out of our adversity.