Sweet are the uses of adversity,Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.This quote from Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" sums up the spirit of the Celebration of Black History planned by the Barryville Area Arts Association.Featured artist Hassina Brodie has overcome much adversity and is a shining example that all things are possible through a strong spirit and a supportive community.Hassina’s artwork reflects her history of struggles and triumphs. She will speak about her journey as an artist and woman of color at the celebration, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola.Other local artists celebrating Black History Month at this event include returning artists Malinda Ware, Shanita Artson, and Teddy Williams, as well as Carolyn Holmes Hood. The celebration also includes an historical exhibit tracing the history of black artists in America and the work of other contemporary artists. There will be complimentary refreshments and live music Haitian folk music, courtesy of Carmella Marsh.The event coordinator is Ari Mir-Pontier. It is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Richard L Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.For additional information visit barryvilleareaarts.org.