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Tsunami Relief: The Ongoing Effort — The City of Berkeley draws a drop of genuine horror from dead headlines with its presentation of ten crayon drawings made by Sri Lankan coastal village children who were the primary victims of the tsunami on December 26. The Buddhist youngsters, undergoing group therapy with the help of relief organization SecondAid, rely heavily on the colors blue and brown to depict the extermination of a quarter-million people on ten-by-twelve-inch paper. Bodies and debris, walls of water, and submerged cities get the grade-school Crayola treatment, while up above, relief efforts are illustrated in two dozen prints highlighting shelter camps, food giveaways, and medical help. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration even chips in with a time-lapse diagram of the 9.1 Richter scale earthquake ringing the Indian Ocean like a gong. Sales from prints of the children’s drawings go to ongoing Second Aid relief efforts. (Through September 18 at Addison Street Windows Gallery, 2018 Addison St., Berkeley; 510-981-7546.)

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