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Masters for the First Family: An exhibit by Parish Gallery

1 May

This exhibits features select black master artists. Parish seems to have designed it to focus the attention of the first family, and their staffs, on the high creative level of Black American visual artists. The works of these artists should be in the White House art collection.

All black artists, and collectors of their work, should support Norman Parish in this effort. Any level of success will inure to the benefit of all Black artists, galleries and collectors.

It would be great if the exhibit focuses the attention of an even wider audience on the high level creativity of Black American artists. Indeed, considering the patriotism of these artists and their creativity, the art collections of every branch of government should include examples of their works.

Jazz, created by Blacks, is an enthusiastically accepted feature of the world’s musical landscape. It is time for art collectors to recognize that the high creativity of black jazz musicians also resides in the works of black visual artists.

The Exhibit opens Friday, May 15th with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibit closes June 16, 2009. It is one in a series of exhibits that Parish Gallery will mount to showcase the high creativity of Black American visual artists.

The exhibit presents works of recognized masters: Benny Andrews, Edward Bannister, Camille Billops, Elizabeth Catlett, Edward Clark,
Herbert Gentry, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Lois
Mailou Jones, Norman Lewis, Richard Mayhew, Evangeline J. Montgomery, Joe
Overstreet, Howardena Pindell, James Porter, and William T. Williams.

The Gallery celebrates these artists for their creative achievements, patriotism, and service as cultural ambassadors, educators and agents of social change. All have contributed to their communities – locally, nationally, and globally – presenting an important aspect of the visual culture of the United States as artist ambassadors. presents here images of Benny Andrews, Edward Clark, Richard Mayhew and E.J. Montgomery to stimulate readers to visit the show and see more. This is a must see event. More information can be had at

Benny Andrews (1930-2006) was an Air Force veteran, director of visual
arts for the National Endowment and helped form the National Arts Program which today is the largest coordinated visual arts program in the nation’s history. Here he is with one of his iconic works Educational Quest.

Edward Clark taught at numerous universities in the United States. He served in the United States Army and was educated on the G.I. Bill. Here he is with an example of his visually exciting and stimulating abstracts.

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Evangeline Montgomery is an American sculptor, jewelry designer, printmaker, photographer and mixed media artist. She was a program development officer for the Arts America Program in the State Department of State specializing in American exhibitions touring abroad. Here she is with one of her quiet images projecting an organic quality.

Richard Mayhew painter, medical illustrator and professional singer, was a member of the Spiral Group which was a forum for African American artists during the critical years of the civil rights movement. He was an art instructor at universities in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Here he is with one of his impressionistic landscapes that I call lightscapes.

The caliber of artists in this exhibition makes this a must see event. There works are included the collections of knowledgeable art connoisseurs here and abroad.

Congratulations Norm and Gwen for your foresight, hard work and advocacy in putting this timely and very important show together.

I expect to see al my readers there. Also let me know what you think about the event.

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