'NO PLACE LIKE HOME': University Place exhibit highlights African American artwork, culture
A celebration was held Saturday at Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in Downtown Florence in recognition of the gallery’s current exhibit, ‘No Place Like Home.’ The gallery partnered with the Jamestown Foundation to make the exhibit possible. Spearheaded by Terry James, founder of the Jamestown Foundation, the exhibit highlights the artwork and culture of African Americans. The exhibit includes the artwork of master artists and craftspeople that are currently living and working in the southeast, many of whom continue to use traditional and historic art making processes. The show includes paintings, batiks, sculptures, baskets, hand-carved guitars and handcrafted furniture. The impressive list of artists with works on display in the exhibit include Cory Alston, Jerome Bias, Carren Clarke, Arianne King Comer, Renee Fleuranges-Vades, Alvin Glen, Andrea Hazel, Hank Herring, George Hunter, Oscar King, Catherine Lamkin, Harry McFadden, J. Renee, Georgette Wright Sander, and Freeman Vines. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 13. The Jamestown Foundation was created to honor the history of the former slaves of the Pee Dee Region and their descendants. It recognizes the ily land and legacy of Ervin James, the first freed African American slave to own property in Florence. Several years ago Terry James helped organize the first art exhibit to honor the memory of the historic African-American reconstruction settlement of Jamestown in Florence County near the present community of Mars Bluff. It was James’ vision to provide the community with art that displayed the expansion of African American history, heritage, cultural values, and traditions. His goal remains the same - to continue to share the artwork of African Americans in order to reveal the shared bonds, as well as to foster a sense of belonging to the surrounding community. For additional information visit University Place Gallery at www.fmarion,edu/universityplace, or the Jamestown Foundation at www.facebook.com/Jamestown-Foundation.