Black artists to be featured at arts center

Opening reception on Feb. 4: Exhibit includes local artists and artists of the past


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  • “Strong Woman” by Amber Dougherty (2014)




  • "Newspaper Boy" by Edward Mitchdell Bannister (1869)




  • "Waterfall at Mont-Morency" by Robert Scott Duncanson (1864)



— When the judges in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition found out that Edward Mitchell Bannister was black, they tried to take back the prize they awarded him for his painting, “Under the Oaks.”

Justice was only served because his fellow artists — the ones he beat in the competition — stood up for him, and the prize was reinstated.

Prints of the work of Edward Mitchell Bannister, and several other prints by black artists, are on display during Black History Month in an exhibit curated by the Barryville Area Arts Association. The historical exhibit traces the history of black American art through slavery into the civil rights movement.

Running concurrently with this exhibit is a display of the work of contemporary and local black artists, including Robert D. Brown, Branly Cadet, Amber Dougherty, Jennifer Dougherty, and the late Geoffrey Holder. Both exhibits will be on display at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave., Shohola, during February.

A free opening reception with complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.


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