In celebration of the upcoming Black History Month in February, the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Council (CAC), in collaboration with its satellite organization Douglas County Connections, will showcase artwork from contemporary artists of color in the themed exhibit “Together We Rise” during January and February.
Starting in January, Fabian Williams, Brandon Moultrie, Charlotte Riley-Webb, Lucious Webb, Dante Yarbrough, and Tiffany Latrice will exhibit artwork in “Together We Rise,” which will be available for viewing from Jan. 16 through Feb. 21.
This year’s show is honoring the bicentennial birthday of Frederick Douglass.
Douglas County Connections will host the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CAC, where exhibiting artists will be available to discuss their work with the public.
Live entertainment will be offered during the event.
The show will display two dimensional and sculptural artwork from art duo Charlotte Riley-Webb and Lucious Webb, who collaborate to blend painting and metal sculpture.
“Charlotte creates elaborate and abstract paintings,” said Dante DeStefano, gallery coordinator, “while her husband works in bronze castings.”
Dante Yarbrough blends painting with textile and found objects.
“A lot of the work will be large scale statement pieces,” DeStefano said. “The mixed media pieces combine different objects to create fine art.”
Some of the artwork presented may encourage discussion about identity and history in today’s landscape. Other works explore the multi-faceted aspects and images for artists of color that want to represent all parts of the globe.
Artwork at this exhibit will range from brightly joyous to abstract and sultry, featuring a wide range of unique perspectives and styles, said Emily Lightner, interim executive director of the CAC.
She hopes that everyone will take advantage of this rich, cultural experience to bring the community together.
Lightner said that everyone can benefit from seeing and experiencing art forms from different cultures and can derive their own personal impression of what the work means to them.
“No matter what race or culture you are, you have the opportunity to see what these artists are passionate about,” she said. “The art is the conversation — everyone gets something different out of it. It is supposed to be a personal interpretation.
Gallery admission, tour and reception are always free. Special gallery tours are also available by appointment by calling 770-949-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the CAC at 770-949-2787.