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Black Artists of DC presents diverse artistic visions


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Courtesy photo. A panned view of the diverse works in the exhibit.

Courtesy photo. A panned view of the diverse works in the exhibit.

Published on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

A Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibit features a diverse group of artists working in multiple forms of media at different stages of their careers.

“Show Me What You’re Working With,” on display through April 6, features paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, fiber and more by 17 members of Black Artists of DC.

The exhibit “removes the eye of the curator and gives the artists a chance to present their best works and put forth their artistic visions.”

The exhibit is rich visually, as well as in subject matter, offering onlookers contemporary and historical interpretations of the African and African-American experience.

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Carolyn Goodrich's "encaustic painting on canvas" titled "Open Galaxy."

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Carolyn Goodrich's "encaustic painting on canvas" titled "Open Galaxy."

Artist Carolyn Goodrich’s encaustic paintings carry a sense of spirituality. Her pieces appear peaceful yet strong with a marbling of green, blue, pink and white tones that seem to float within the canvas.

Gloria Kirk’s “Egungun Masquerade Ensemble” conjures traditional ceremonial dress worn by member of African tribes.

Magruder Murray’s and Jay Durrah’s vivid depictions of jazz musicians recall the artwork from the Harlem Renaissance, while Daniel Brooking’s striking headshots of African-American men and women adorned with illusionary headdress fit for a warrior evoke a feeling of inner strength and pride.

Founded in 1999, BADC has grown from three to over 400 artists and associate members who live or have lived, worked or were educated in the Washington, D.C., area. Its mission is to create a cooperative trans-generational training ground for black artists by sharing resources and teaching art disciplines.

Featured artists also include Melvin Campbell, T.H. Gomillion, Wanda Hardy, Francine Haskins, Ester Iverem, Hubert Jackson, Jacqueline Lee, Victoria Paytonwebber, Russell Simmons, Simone Spruce-Torres, Eugene Vango and Ann Marie Williams.

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