Category: Visual Art

THROUGH 10/21: The Ella West Gallery Opens with Powerful Exhibit, Return to Parrish Street: A Dream Realized

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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THROUGH 5/14: Stephen Towns’ Mesmerizing Visual Stories of Shadowed History at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

The mesmerizing recent work of painter and textile artist Stephen Towns welcomes interaction and introspection at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the last stop of the Stephen Towns: Declaration & Resistance exhibition tour. This exhibition pulsates with power as it ponders the American dream and expands the historical narrative of African Americans who persevered through the enslavement, convict leasing, and other hardships that significantly contributed to the development of the American economy. Exploring the lives of African Americans from the late eighteenth century to the present day, Towns emphasizes their resistance and resilience in poignant multi-media paintings and exquisitely crafted story quilts.

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