In the galleries: Trump in poncho and sombrero, Clinton as a suffragette

Thomas Nast might weep — or laugh out loud. The great 19th-century political cartoonist could never have imagined a presidential campaign like the one that is, mercifully, about to end. But art must deal with the unimaginable, or at least try, so more than 40 painters, printmakers and graphic designers have addressed contemporary political issues in “Artists United!” The show, on display at the Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets NW, was organized by Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art.

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Current events at the heart of Pepper Art Gallery’s ‘Embedded Messages’

Female artists have spent their careers tackling societal topics — even taking the present tumultuous presidential race to heart, diving head-first into the discussion of social and political issues.

One of those efforts — “Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream: Truth, Justice and the American Way” — opens Tuesday in timely fashion at the University of Redlands’ Pepper Art Gallery. The show will continue through Nov. 12.

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