African-American Artists Show Opens Feb. 7

Exhibit and performances at Howland throughout February

The Howland Cultural Center announces its 20th annual celebration of African American History Month, featuring African American artists of the Hudson Valley. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, Feb. 7, through Feb. 28. An opening reception to celebrate the artists will take place on Feb. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Artists exhibiting are Chris Bird, Ronald Brown, Walter Evans (showing paintings by his deceased mother, Martha Evans), Josephine Green, Isis Kenney, Robert L. Lewis, Richard Outlaw (along with his daughter, Symantha Outlaw, a budding artist), Myles Pinckney, Dwight Reed, Elvis Ricketts, Michael White, Donald Whitely and John Wynn.

Weekly gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. Exceptions to the schedule are two Sundays, Feb. 8 and 22, when the art gallery is closed to the general viewing public as the Howland Chamber Music Circle presents two concerts in their Winter Piano Festival.

Also included in the month-long celebration are programs of music and dance. The Howland Cultural Center Coffee House will present the Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Then, Kazzie Oliver will bring his group of singers and drummers to the center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. For further information about these programs, call 845-831-4988 or 845-831-4614. The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main St. in Beacon.

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