One thing for sure in these uncertain times ~ Beautiful and inspiring art is alive and well at the Art of the African Diaspora Exhibit • Our Silver Anniversary!
I was excited to visit the Art of the African Diaspora’s 25th Anniversary exhibit, opening week, at the Richmond Art Center and encourage you to make time to visit it as well. I’m proud to be a participating artist* since its beginning and want to share my experience in hopes that you too will get the boost I sorely needed, particularly during these crazy times!
Walking through the entrance, I was immersed in the most striking, captivating and enjoyable assemblage of color, form, texture and more! The display included 100+ art pieces, most for sale, with their own great story by our family of talented black artists. I literally went around the gallery twice, soaking up the views like a sponge and studying each artist’s work. Congratulations to all my fellow artists. Each piece opened a door, inviting me to study it and react to its portrayal. In the past, I joined in the well-attended opening reception, standing by my piece and greeting guests, but I rarely got to enjoy the display to the fullest. Like being at your own wedding and not able to talk to all the guests. (Our reception has been postponed at this time).
Why was this visit so different? I figured that after being in this Pandemic state, and devoid of much ‘in person’ venues of any type, I was in dire need of inspiration…of seeing my fellow artists beautiful work, of seeing fine art created for, by and about artists of African descent. Keep in mind Covid precautions and inside requirements of wearing a mask and safe distancing. Make it a point to visit and enjoy this treasure ~ something well worth it for your own ‘self-care’ during these uncertain times. And a special "Thank you" to our curators/artists with the magic touch who crafted yet another excellent exhibit: Orlonda Uffre & Tomye Neal Madison!
Get details at these sites:
A few tips:
Dates: Exhibit runs from January 20 – March 19.
Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10am-2pm
Program booklet: Artist Renata Gray created our beautiful program; pick one up at the RAC or from a participating artist, or message me/us on facebook page.
How to navigate the entire exhibit, Satellite & Open Studios – see my previous post: https://www.patpatcreates.com/blogs/news/how-to-get-there-see-it-all-at-the-art-of-the-african-diaspora
*My piece: "Caught in the Rapture of Love" - photographic montage.
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