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Local artist to participate in international art exhibition

"The emphasis is on promoting social topics like peace, world peace, and that has been the thrust of my art," said Berg, who has been painting since the 1980s. "I've been trying to use my art to further the cause of women's issues. I felt this is a great opportunity to promote not just my art, but also what I try to accomplish through my art."

This isn't the first time Berg has received recognition for his work. Last summer, the North County Cultural Center for the Arts awarded Berg first place for a piece he entered in the center's 2008 Regional Juried Exhibition. NCCCA executive director Susan R. Daul said she was proud to learn of Berg's invitation to participate in the Biennale, calling it "marvelous news."

"Kim works very, very hard," said Daul. "He's a very devoted artist and a very talented artist. It's an honor to know him."

Though Berg has covered his expenses for participating in the Biennale, he is still seeking sponsorships to assist him with travel expenses. Those interested in making a donation toward Berg's trip may do so by calling him at 293-8294 or contacting him through e-mail at kdegas@artlover.com.

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