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Press Release: Exhibition of Bay Area African American Artists Celebrates 19 Years

The Richmond Art Center announces its winter exhibitions which will include the Bay Area’s only exhibition of works by artists of African American descent. Three exhibitions will open on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 10:00 am.

“We are proud to be hosting the 19th annual exhibition for The Art of the Living Black,” says Richard Ambrose, Executive Director for the Richmond Art Center. “There’s no other exhibition, like this one, in the Bay Area that celebrates the work of regional artists of African descent.”

The Art of Living Black was founded 19 years ago by the late sculptor Jan Hart-Schuyers and late painter Rae Louise Hayward after their realization that black artists were not being represented by galleries in any significant way. This year’s exhibition will showcase a broad range of works by dozens of artists from throughout the Bay Area.

The Art Center’s galleries will also feature paintings by Yisrael Feldsott and works by the Art Center’s professional artist instructors, who teach over 200 classes each year.

Richmond Art Center’s Winter Exhibitions
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 – 5pm
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm; (closed Mondays and holidays)
Cost: FREE

The Art of Living Black
January 10 – Feb. 27, 2015
The only annual exhibition in the Bay Area to exclusively feature regional artists of African descent. This year’s exhibition will feature over 50 local artists in a wide variety of media — sculpture, photography, painting, jewelry and ceramics — including work by the 2014 Jan Hart-Schuyers Award winners: Asual Aswad, Yolanda Holley, Atiba Sylvia Thomas and Lawrence Buford.

Plus join us for two artist talks to meet the artists and learn more about their work on Saturdays, Feb 7 & 14 from noon – 1:30pm.

Yisrael K. Feldsott: Annunciating Obscurities
January 10 – March 7, 2015
Works from the 1970s to the present that showcase this visionary painter’s ability to push the fundamentals of painting. While in his early 20s, Feldsott attracted the attention of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Rolando Castellon, and became one of the youngest artists featured at that institution in 1979. Soon thereafter, Feldsott went on a spiritual quest and immersed himself in the traditions of indigenous communities in Central and South America and studied with indigenous people for over 20 years. He became a student of traditional medicine, a teacher, healer and most of all a visual allegorist. In 2002, Feldsott resumed exhibiting his work after determining that sharing his visual enunciations creates a cultural dialogue.

Richmond Art Center Faculty Show
January 10 – March 7, 2015
The Richmond Art Center has a long and rich history of inspiring creativity through its studio program. This exhibition celebrates the unique and diverse work of the Art Center’s current day instructors — a talented group of professional artists who are teaching lifelong skills to students of all ages. The exhibition will showcase ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, screen printing, painting, drawing, printmaking and more.

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