African-American art focus of lecture Thursday

January 18, 2004

The Carroll County Arts Council will hold a free lunchtime gallery lecture at noon Thursday with Janet Waters Bailey, curator of the exhibition Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Art.

She will discuss the styles, media and creative inspirations for the 10 featured artists and will provide insight into how African traditions have influenced them.

Waters Bailey is a master fiber artist and director of community arts at Baltimore Clayworks.

Featured in the exhibit are Jessica Watson, an art major and a junior at McDaniel College, and Gene Sims, a former Carroll County resident. Both will display their works on canvas. Desmond Beach and Jackie Lee of Baltimore will add mixed media and collage to the exhibit.

Sandra Smith of Silver Spring will show her contemporary works in quilt-making, Waters Bailey will display her family album quilt series, and Adrianne Sanchez of Baltimore will offer handmade fiber dolls.

Baltimore-based artists Sam Wallace, Herb Massie and Lester Bailey will display their three-dimensional works ranging from traditional Jamaican hand-coiled vessels to wheel-thrown sculpture.

Celebration of the Spirit will be on display through Feb. 27. It includes interpretive drawings displayed in the lobby by John Sollers, an autistic artist of Change Inc. The second floor will feature works by artists ages 11 to 18 in the I Have a Dream Youth Art Contest.

Participants may take a brown bag lunch to the lecture. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Reservations are not required.

The Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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