The North Jersey Gallery unveils the Blacks Lives Matter exhibition
the West Orange Arts Council will open a new exhibit titled “Black Lives Matter: For Justice, For Equality, For Freedom” on Saturday, June 5, with in-person and online viewing options.
Hosted by Maria Estrela and Carol T. Jenkins, the group show will run through July. An outdoor reception will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Participating artists are Osephine Barreiro, Sarah Bass Aspe, Yuri Bisono, Carol Black-Lemon, Wendy Born, Syreeta Brooks, Marina Carreira, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta Patricia Croft, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Maria Estrela, Mary Fordham, Dino Gravato, Karen Goldberg, Patricia Hutchinson, Carol T. Jenkins, Lizette Louis, Cathleen McCoy Bristol, Queen Mother Imakhu, Barbara Motley, Frank Niccoletti, Amelia Panico, Davynte “Red” Pannell, Sundra Parker, John Piccoli, Dayana Poulard, Ron Powell, Martryce Roach , Gale Sasson, Ameerah Shabazz, Ella Silivanch, Timothy Simmons, Elaine Tassy, Sheila R. Thompson, Denise Toney and Kelly D. Villalba.
“I deliberately use my skills to help BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) artists, who are under-represented on the art scene,” said co-curator Estrela. “I think it is important to raise awareness of the issues faced in their own communities, including racism, discrimination, inequality and injustice.”
“This is my first curated show and I’m proud to join Maria in this effort which is recognized by artists of all stripes as Black Lives Matter,” Jenkins added.
WOAC’s new literary arts group, led by Joyce Harley and Liana Torrice, will work with the West Orange African Heritage Organization, the West Orange Human Relations Commission and the West Orange Public Library to provide presentations and related readings by the artists. of the exhibition and of the writers of the region.
The board is also co-sponsoring a mural project with Pleasant Valley Productions and the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the planned “This is Our Story” performances in June.
The exhibition will be open for in-person visits by appointment with timed entry at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road in West Orange, until July. The hours will be displayed on facebook.com/woac.org. Participants will be required to socialize and wear a face mask at all times.
The online gallery will be visible at woarts.org.
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