It’s clear that recent immigration legislation enacted in the State of Arizona has created a heated political climate. There’s divisive rhetoric coming from both sides of the issue and it’s difficult at times to feel like there’s any room for rational conversations surrounding SB1070 and HB2281. But at Raices Taller 222, a local art gallery near downtown, there is an exhibition by local artists that attempts to process some of the complex emotions that many people are experiencing.

The varied works on display revolve around the issues of immigration, nationality, and self-identity. Immigration, legal and illegal, and what this means for the evolving demographics of our border communities, seems to be at the root of the new laws that are currently being debated. And, for many of the artists participating in the "How Brown Am I?" exhibit, immigration-status is closely tied with self-identity, and the personal emotions expressed in their work.

More than 50 works of art are at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop The exhibit is called How Brown Am I?. and it concludes this weekend with a free celebration on Saturday from 7 to 10 pm.