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A few months ago we hosted an exhibition of work by Ashley Berry (see Shades of Black by Ashley Berry).
We’re pleased to see Ashley has another exhibition starting this Friday at Park Central Library in Downtown Springfield.
Ashley is giving a talk TONIGHT at the Library, starting at 7pm, giving an insight in to her motivation, inspiration and influences.
Now THAT is what First Friday Art Walk is all about!
Everyone seemed to have a great time last night.
Of course the weather was beautiful, so that gave us the perfect start.
It seemed like people were just ready to come out of hibernation, to forget about the doom and gloom on the news, and to just enjoy themselves.
We were lucky to have the debut performance of the Bluetones Jazz Sextet entertain us all night – they finally packed their instruments away at around 11pm – that makes a 4 hour set!
Ashley Berry’s ‘Shades of Black’ got a good reaction too, with lots of people saying that they would be back to view her work again (the exhibition continues throughout March).
If you were downtown last night, THANK YOU for supporting the Art Walk.
If you weren’t downtown, you missed out on a great evening – try to make it next time!
It’s nearly here!
Seems like there is a lot of excitement about the First Friday Art Walk this time.
Could be the weather – it’s going to be mid-70’s, or so we are told.
Could be our line-up – we have Ashley Bery opening her exhibit ‘Shades of Black’ plus we have the Springfield debut for the Bluetones Jaz Sextet.
Then again, it could just be that everyone is ready for some much-needed relief from the doom-and-gloom that we hear 24/7 on the news.
Whatever the reason, it’s nearly here, and we’re READY!
Ashley Berry is a young emerging artist from Kansas City, MO who has high hopes of bringing more “black art” here into Springfield. Ashley’s art is an analytical representation of black history and personal self -discovery. She longs to unravel the truth, not only of her own origin, but also the entire race of her people. Strong evidence of African culture is not prominent prior to slavery in American history.
Without knowing the whereabouts of her ancestors she is left unfilled and disconnected, plagued with questions of where would she be if blacks were never enslaved? How would life differ? What is her destiny? Since she doesn’t know the answers to these questions, she fills in the void with her interpretation of their reality. They convey pride, oppression, and influence that have left a mark within our society. She describes their beauty and authenticity, which is shown as rich, unique, and diverse. This is her personal memoir. These are her people.