Library gallery celebrates African American culture
The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery is exhibiting the works of several accomplished Low Country African American artists to commemorate the historic Jamestown, S.C. settlement of freed slaves.
The opening reception will be held Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs to Oct. 30.
Exhibiting artists include Arianne King Comer, Alvin B. Glen, Hank D. Herron, and Addelle Sanders.
Arianne King Comer, a textile artist and indigo advocate living in the Charleston area of South Carolina.
“My passion is creating textiles using the ancient technique of batik,” she said.
Arianne learned this technique at Howard University where she graduated with a B.A. degree in fine arts. Then she pursued the craft of textile art at The Center of the Creative Studies in Detroit and Cranbrook Academy of the Arts, from there studied Yoruba Textile Design and the organic process of indigo with Nike Davies Okundaye in Oshogbo, Nigeria.
After returning to the US, she has used her art to communicate healing, joy, and to honor her ancestry through her creativity in paintings, installations, interior design, wearable art, and teaching.
Although born in San Diego, CA, Arianne was raised in Virginia Beach, VA. then moved to Detroit, MI for 20 years and relocated to South Carolina in 1994. Arianne moved to the Charleston area in 2005, where she has had a nurturing life creating many art forms. Mark Herring creates original wood stamps used for batiking, and then the stamps themselves become pieces of art. One of his specialties in stamps and other media is the adinkra symbol, a series of West African symbols which deliver messages.
Also he creates pottery and unique graphics designs from found or rescued materials such as driftwood, discarded metals or fabrics. He learned whittling from his two grandfathers and quilting from his family, crediting his family for his artistic stimulation.
Alvin B. Glenn’s works are about common people, emotions and ideas.
“I always try to use recognizable images, sometimes subtle allowing the viewers to slowly discover and interpret the work. Other images dominate, emerging from implied textural, sometimes colorful environments. Some of my works are mixed media, combining dyes, pastels and pencils, but in the last years pastels have become dominant.
“I explore emotion as well as social and spiritual concepts. Some of my works illustrate, low country Gullah life, and other works bring attention to social or political issues. www.alvinbglen. com
Addelle Sanders’, exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, works show an intellectual and creative eye for fiber artworks. Utilizing natural and synthetic fibers with a mixture of typical and atypical media, Sanders unites elements of design and modernity in her works.
Addelle’s work focuses on the interconnectivity and the intersection of fibers with society, commerce and politics. For example, the presence of cotton must be acknowledged with its past, especially in the South where slave labor was used widely within the industry. Sanders’ fabrics stimulate the imagination in a way that painting, sculpture and photography can’t achieve. Her works also bridges many gaps between the creative and the utilitarian.