Exhibit

Elgin art exhibit celebrates Black culture in America

When Elgin artist Freddrick D. Wimms was asked just after Christmas to curate an art exhibit for Black History Month, he didn’t have much time and didn’t know what he wanted the show to be. But he did have an idea for a name.

“Black Then, Black Now, Black in the Middle …”

“When I set the name, I had no idea what the show was gonna be,” Wimms said. “I knew it couldn’t be based just on Black history. It had to be about the essence of Black culture, and then that will reflect on Black art and that will reflect Black history.”

Wimms ended up with the idea to tell the story of how Black culture in America was born out of the darkness of slavery, how far it had come up to and since the Civil Rights movement, and how far it can still go.

“This all

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Arts & Culture: Grayson gallery goes virtual for latest exhibit – The Tribune

Grayson Gallery and Art Center has pivoted during the pandemic to work around health issues and rules for gathering by offering virtual exhibits via photos of original artwork from local makers. As part of the monthly Grayson F!nal Fr!days Art Walk, the gallery will present the virtual exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

They are currently looking for participation from even more artists. Anyone who contributes that utilizes social media will be added as a ‘contributor’ to the photo album, which can be found on their Facebook page, so creators will have even more input, such as adding pricing of work.

Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for the exhibit. The gallery is specifically interested in what artists have created over the past year, especially since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, or older work that represents the effects of the pandemic.

To submit, email Dan Click at

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Portland Japanese Garden exhibit offers glimpse inside Manzanar prison camp (review)

The Portland Japanese Garden had ambitious plans for its art program as it started 2020. A new curator, Laura Mueller, joined the staff in early 2019 and sharpened and refined exhibitions that had already been scheduled for the year. For 2020, which was to be Mueller’s first full year of programming, she and Akihito Nakanishi, the garden’s curator of culture, art and education, planned five exhibitions around the theme of a “year of peace” to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. Her first exhibition was a haunting series of photographs by an internationally recognized artist, Ishiuchi Miyako, documenting the personal objects of victims of the bombing of Hiroshima. That show closed March 15. On March 18, the garden closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and laid off more than 100 staff the next day.

The garden reopened to visitors in early June, and Nakanishi says they’re

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Black Creatives Are The Future In ‘Art Is Revolution’ Virtual 3D Exhibit

Creating a more equitable future requires the ability to dream of something better. So the fourth and final installment of “Art Is Revolution (AIR),” our 3D virtual exhibit celebrating groundbreaking Black creators, focuses on the future.

“The artists this week are paving the way into new art and tech,” said Danielle Elise, curator of “Art Is Revolution” and founder of the All Black Creatives foundation and agency. “They are making us conscious of things we do not yet see.”

The installation spotlights art that both imagines what the future will look like and brings together cutting-edge applications for art and tech, she says. “Afrofuturism is a beautiful form of art that depicts both the past and the future of Black culture worldwide. We can imagine things as they were and also as they may be.”

HuffPost teamed with All Black Creatives and RYOT, Verizon Media’s immersive storytelling production house,

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