As Joan Baez turns 80, her second solo art exhibit features her exquisite paintings.

The musician, whose 1975 hit song Diamonds & Rust was inspired by her ex-boyfriend Bob Dylan, has shifted her focus to painting full-time after retiring from live performances in 2019.

The portraits in her latest solo exhibition are of “people making the world a better place.” Mischief Makers 2, her second exhibition, features portraits of nonviolent activists such as Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ram Dass, John Lewis, and Martin Luther King Jr., Jr., a friend she marched arm in arm with.

Her new show features personal heroes and well-known friends from a variety of fields, such as music, literature, politics, and more, such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Nelson Mandela, and Kamala Harris. In addition, Baez has an acrylic self-portrait titled “Black Is the Color.”

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