Low Country art to be displayed
The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library's Morris Gallery will exhibit the works of several accomplished Low Country African-American artists to commemorate the Jamestown settlement of freed slaves. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and light refreshments will be served.
Artists with works on display include Arianne King Comer, Alvin B. Glen, J. Renee Jefferson, and Oscar Wright IV. The exhibit will be on display from June 20 through Aug. 16.
Comer studied commercial art and art history at Howard University, which led to a teaching career in Detroit. In 1992, her artistic muse led her to Ogshobo, Nigeria, where a United Nations grant allowed her to study indigo dying in the Yoruban tradition.
Comer eventually moved to St. Helena, where her lifelong love of family history, ocean landscapes and African folk art created a sense of “homecoming.”
She is currently working on workshops planned in Port Antonio, Jamaica and a joint exhibition scheduled this fall at Charleston’s Waterfront Gallery.
Glen, a public schools art instructor for 38 years, focuses his art on the Gullah and African-American culture.
“My works are about common people, emotions and ideas,” states Glen. “I always try to use recognizable images, sometimes subtle allowing the viewers to slowly discover and interpret the work.”
Commonly known as simply “J. Renee,” Jefferson is a native of New Orleans. Many of her works are on permanent display at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. She also has works on display in the W.E.B. Dubois Museum in Ghana, West Africa, and the McKenna Museum in New Orleans.
Her works are dramatic combinations of exciting abstract colors embracing a backdrop of ethnic patterns, motifs, and tropical settings.
The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence. For more information about the exhibit and related events, visit www.florencelibrary.org.