‘Cause We Be Complicated: Dialogues of Black Artists
Ann Street Gallery is proud to host this extended multi-media art exhibition conceived by Co-Curators Jonette O’Kelley Miller and Karen E. Gersch. ‘Cause We Be Complicated: Dialogues of Black Artists honors Black History and features sixteen extraordinary visual artists. Originally installed at Art Design Spirits Gallery for the month of February; it has seen a stellar draw of visitors and received glowing articles in Chronogram, Times Herald Record, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley News and Arts Mid-Hudson.
An Opening Reception on Saturday, March 25th, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. will launch the new exhibition at Ann Street Gallery; it is free and open to the public. Starting Sunday, March 26th, the Gallery will be open every Saturday and Sunday though Saturday, April 29th, from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to public viewing hours, the Curators will offer (by appointment only), free weekday tours for regional schools, cultural centers, libraries, youth and arts organizations. Interested parties should contact them at the email addresses below.
The participating artists (at the time of this release) are: Lillian Alberti, Carol Bash, Vernon M. Byron, Khalidah Carrington, Gerardo Castro, Melissa Small Cooper, Ted Dixon, Stevenson Estime, Collette V. Fournier, Oluwafiropo Margaret Ibitoye, F. Geoffrey Johnson, Cheryl D. Miller, Emmanuel Ofori, Ransome, Yvonne P. Lamar Rogers and Auguster D. Williams, Jr.
These exhibiting artists hail from Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties, from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Atlanta, Georgia. Their art is riveting, poetic and thought-provoking; ranging from watercolors to acrylic and oil paintings, photographs and mixed media collages, sculptures, assemblages, archival ink, digital art, handmade books and a documentary film.
Each artist, with a history of longevity in the arts, provides a unique perspective in their work, exploring the reality that members of the African Diaspora are not monolithic. Similar to all human beings, the dreams, tastes, languages and lives of Black people are birthed in a variety of social and ethnocultural nuances.
Under the umbrella of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, a nonprofit organization that combines supportive housing and the arts, Ann Street Gallery presents contemporary art through exhibitions and programming which create new opportunities for education and immersion in the arts in Newburgh. Ann Street Gallery’s exhibitions, events and programs seek to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward thinking, socially responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice.
Ann Street Gallery is located at 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY. The Exhibition will run from March 25 – April 29, 2023, with an Opening Reception on March 25th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Public Hours will be every Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Private weekday tours are available. For more information, contact the Curators at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.