Friday, January 21, 2011

Spotlight Gallery to Feature Local African-American Artists

In celebration of Black History Month, the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host an art exhibit featuring the works of five local African-American artists: Maurice Beane, John Greene, Emmett Johnson Jafari, Jay Sharpe and Richard Ward. The exhibit, titled “Five Men: African-American Works in 3D,” will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 4 at the Spotlight Gallery, which is located within the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center at 4901 Old Brook Rd.
In addition, several of the artists will discuss their work on Friday, February 4,from 6 p.m. to 7p.m. at Pine Camp prior to the opening. Both events are open and free to the public.

This annual Black History Month exhibit will trace the artistic influence of African-Americans from the rich imprint of Africa to current trends in contemporary art. “Their works will amaze you,” said Dr. Carolyn Graham, the department’s interim director.
The exhibit will be on display through March 11 in Pine Camp’s Spotlight Gallery. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.