The Arts Council of Wayne County is celebrating Black History Month with two new exhibits.
“Black Migrations” is a curated exhibit by Peggie Howell, vice president of the arts council’s board.
“She had an exhibit here last year for Black History Month that was successful,” said Arts Council director Georgia Dees. “So she agreed to do another one this year. She takes it very seriously.”
The Arts Council solicited donations of items from the community for the exhibit, including some books.
Dees said a lot of the display is historic. And it’s a way for people to learn the history of African-Americans and the challenges they faced and the way they used art to overcome them.
“Black artists have played a huge role in art, all forms of art,” she said. “It’s important to show their role.”
The exhibit is upstairs in the TA Loving Gallery.
Downstairs in the main gallery are paintings by local artist Jahn Anderson titled “Evolution of Jahn Anderson.”
Anderson has been painting for quite some time. One of his pieces in the exhibit is a self-portrait he did when he was taking a class at college.
“The variety of what he paints is amazing,” Dees said. “His pieces are social statement pieces.”
One is a painting of a barn and sunflowers. And there’s a mother and child with lots of detailing in their facial features. Some of his paintings seem to focus on hats.
“He’s a very interesting guy,” Dees said. “He has mostly oils and some mixed media and acrylics. The exhibit just feels good.”
Dees said it’s easy to tell that Anderson has put a lot of thought into his paintings.
“There’s one of a guy with a baby swaddled in a baby wrap in front, and if you look closely enough, in his hand, he’s holding a gun,” she said. “Anderson said it’s just to show the hard times the subject has faced.”
Both exhibits run through March 15. Gallery days and hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission to the exhibits is free.
For more information, call the Arts Council at 919-736-3300.