02/18/05 — Black art exhibit to open Monday

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Black art exhibit to open Monday

By Winkie Lee
Published in News on February 18, 2005 2:01 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, the African American Arts Advocates (4A) and Rebuilding Broken Places CDC will sponsor an exhibit. Featured will be art done by local black artists and from collections that have an African heritage.

The display is in keeping with 4A's mission statement to present quality art to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of residents of Wayne County and nearby areas.

"Art is a way of speaking through pictures," said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the chairman of Rebuilding Broken Places. "This art tells the story of a people, and we believe helps to rebuild and restore a legacy so often not told or appreciated."

The exhibit opens Monday with a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center, 2105 N. William St. It will remain on view through April 28. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

"We are sponsoring this exhibit outside of February, because African and African American history is too rich and full to be contained within one month," Barber said.

The exhibit will feature work by local artists Leonard Earl Blount, Lawrence Durham, Yusef Evans, Antonio Howell, Adrian Pridgen and Queene Stovall.

There will also be exhibits of African artifacts, African-American history and culture, and the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the "Wall of Firsts," a pictorial display of minority men and women who have made significant contributions to Wayne County and North Carolina.

Denise Sutton will display her books of poetry.

Handouts of "Black Inventors and Their Inventions" "Black History Facts" and "African Women Inventors" will be available.