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Monday, August 9, 2010

Black Expo 2010 Artist's Reception

Sunday saw the opening of "Black Expo 2010". These are the winning artists from the Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is a celebration of the signing of the emancipation proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. It is the oldest such celebration is the United states, and was this year sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Huntington Alumnae chapter. After one of our member artists, Gary Taylor served as a juror for their art show, he invited them to a month long display of their art in The Renaissance Art Gallery’s exhibition hall

Although it was hot out, the gallery was rather comfortable. The new chairs in the Kumkum Majumdar Exhibition hall are a wonderful addition to The Renaissance Art Gallery. I don’t know how we got along so long without them. It is so nice to have adequate chairs!

We moved one of the tables used for classes into the main hall, and set up the refreshments there, allowing more room for circulation around the art exhibits. It was a good thing we did. Sunday was sufficiently warm to need both the air conditioning and a large fan to keep the air circulating.

We did get really good press coverage of the show, with all three major stations sending reporters and cameras to the reception. Marsha Dawson, president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority was interviewed by one station while two of our guest artists were interviewed for another.

Many of our visitors had never been to the gallery before and it was a great chance for us to make many connections in the community. We had guests not only from Huntington, but also from Ashland Kentucky, Southern Ohio and the Charleston, WV area.

The artists displaying their work in this show are relatively unknown as artists. For a few, this show represent their premiere as visual artists.

We also have a nice display by some younger artists who are showing their health related posters.

This show will run for the month of August, so there is still time to come and see it.

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