City unveils Black History Month art exhibit

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A new art exhibit is open in honor of black history month. The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Community Facilities is hosting an exhibit at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center featuring African-American artists. It’s called “To Sir with Love: African-American Male as Subject”

“We’ve had so much turmoil over black men and them being seen in such an unpleasant light we thought it’d be the perfect time to celebrate black male compassion, fatherhood, community and all that they represent for their family,” explained Diane Hayes of Richmond Parks and Recreation.

In the gallery, you’ll find athletes, musicians, fathers holding children. Word of the opening is just starting to spread through our community.

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Sharon Hooker stopped by to check it out and was beyond impressed.

“The colors just jump right out at you. And the theme is very poignant and relative for today. So, I was quite amazed at the quality first,” Hooker said.

The exhibit highlights the importance of black males and as Hayes said, a celebration of what they truly are.

“They are what our community is based on,” she said. “Without black males, our community is pretty much null and void.”

There is a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday night to meet the artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The exhibit will be on display until March 4.

Go to our Celebrating Our Black History section for additional coverage.

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