African-American Artists Exhibit at Howland

Opening followed by African drum and dance performance

The Howland Cultural Center will open its 21st annual celebration of African-American History Month on Saturday, Feb. 6, with an exhibit of artwork by African-American artists of the Hudson Valley. An opening reception is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. and the show will continue through Feb. 28.

The artists represented include Yvette Byrd, Josephine Green, Kyra Husbands, Robert Lewis, Richard Outlaw, Symantha Outlaw, Michael White, Donald Whitely, Jacob Williams, Merv Willis and John Wynn.

Artwork by Richard Outlaw

Artwork by Richard Outlaw

The Feb. 6 opening will also feature a fashion show by Michi Knitwear by Michele Walden McGhee, beginning at 3 p.m. with models from the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center and Blue Ice Entertainment in Poughkeepsie and New York City. The cultural center, located at 477 Main St. in Beacon, is open Fridays through Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. It will be closed on Feb. 14 and 28.

Following the exhibit opening, the African drum and dance ensemble Sankofa will perform at 8 p.m. A donation of $10 is requested at the door.

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