Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 2018. Ebony Iman Dallas’s father was warned not to come to America, but he wanted a better education. He would die in Oklahoma under mysterious circumstances. Decades later, Dallas is trying to retrace his history from his death all the way back to Somalia. Highlighting tragedies of war, police brutality, and her search to discover a heritage lost, Dallas’s one woman exhibition opens during the First Friday art walk in the Paseo Arts District and runs through April 29. “Through Abahay’s Eyes” is a painting series that highlights Dallas’s journey of discovery and is over a decade in the making. It explores cultural similarities and differences between Oklahoma and Somalia, stories revealed along the way, and the internal dilemma of finding her place within it all. Ebony’s path has spanned 7 countries and many cultures. Over the years, she has worked to process the tragedy of war, police brutality, and her search to find out who her father was through art. Dallas uses rich, fiery hues with whimsical forms to bring the energy and spirit of her subjects to life. With a focus on authenticity and progress, her work takes form organically with each line determining the shape and direction of the next.