“African American Art Exhibit at Ethnic Heritage Museum”
Each year in honor of Black History Month, the African American Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum hosts a special exhibit examining various aspects of African American life. On Sunday, February 11, 2018 the African American Gallery will unveil its newest exhibit, “African American Art” showcasing the work of local artists.
Featured in this exhibit is a special collection of prints and a personally signed profile by internationally known artist Ernie Barnes. Barnes was best known for his unique figurative style of painting. His painting titled, “Sugar Shack” appeared as cover art on a Marvin Gaye album and in the closing credits of the popular television show “Good Times.”
Barnes not only showed talent on canvas, he also showed promise on the football field.
During his career, he was an offensive lineman for the New York Titans, the Baltimore Colts, the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos.
Join us on Sunday, February 11th from 2:00-4:00 for a special reception as the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served compliments of the Rockford Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Pi Gamma Omega. This reception is free to the public but donations are appreciated.
The Ethnic Heritage Museum and Graham-Ginestra House are open every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. General admission to both museums is only $7 individual, $15 per family or free to members.
The Ethnic Heritage Museum located at 1129 South Main Street is handicap accessible with entrance on Loomis Street – on street parking available. There is additional parking in the lot on the corner of Main and Morgan Streets next to the Graham-Ginestra House. Tours can be arranged by calling 815/962-7402. For more information visit www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org