Saturday, February 3, 2024
1:30 – 3:30PM
Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly
14 Railroad Avenue
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
In partnership with the Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition, The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is pleased to announce a special African American Art exhibition from the collection of Bill and Paula Alice Mitchell in our United in the Arts Community Gallery throughout the months of January and February! The exhibition is curated and interpretated by Coalition members April Dinwoodie, Leslie Dunn, and Kevin Lowther. The opening reception will be Friday, January 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., along with the ACGOW January exhibition, Inner Worlds / Outer Worlds.
The Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition also presents a three-session lecture series in the auditorium of Westerly Library at Wilcox Park. The series is sponsored by the Washington Trust.
About African American Art: Talks with Artists and Collectors will be presented on three consecutive Saturdays at the library in February:
Session #1 — Feb. 3, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., visual artist and arts educator, Robin Holder, will present “Let’s Raise Our Racial IQ with Art”
Session #2 — Feb. 10, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., patrons Bill and Paula Alice Mitchell will discuss and present slides of African American Art and will talk about what inspired them to build their extensive collection.
Session #3 — Feb. 17, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dr. Curlee Raven Holton, retired Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts & Culture of African Americans & the African Diaspora, currently the Founding Director and Master Printmaker at Raven Fine Art Editions in Easton, PA, will present “Below the Surface: An African American Story in Printmaking”.
All are invited to learn from these experts about historical and contemporary African-American art. The ACGOW exhibition and these lectures feature artworks that “embrace multiculturalism to address racism to educate, engage, and empower our community in its journey to equity, inclusion, and belonging for all.”
Each lecture is free and open to the public. Please consider making a donation to benefit the Jonnycake Center and its charitable mission in our community.