As the inaugural exhibition of the newly opened Ella West Gallery, Return to Parrish Street: A Dream Realized is a mighty and impressive achievement of founder Linda Shropshire's goal to create a welcoming fine-art space that celebrates diversity in the Durham community. The Ella West Gallery is located on historic Black Wall Street, the home of the successful African-American entrepreneurial business community that flourished on Parrish Street. Featuring work by North Carolina artists Clarence Heyward and Kennedi Carter (with work by North Carolina native James Ransome to arrive September 11), the exhibition ponders the relationship between dreams and destiny to posit the pursuit and presentation of agency and individual identity as a communal dream, a vulnerable action, and a shared effort.
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