Three Perspectives:  Art of the Black Experience

Three Perspectives: Art of the Black Experience

Opening: September 12, 2009, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery

he works of three Detroit area artists will open the Peace Center/Gallery’s 25th season on September 12. In “Three Perspectives,” the African American experience is expressed by artists whose backgrounds and origins are as diverse as their painting styles.

Stan Boyer resumed his painting, which had shown strong early promise, after he retired from General Motors several years ago. His collection of paintings, “Sketches of Valor,” depicts “…what our ancestors displayed during their struggles for freedom and what so many African Americans display in their everyday life: strength, courage and faith in the face of danger.” Boyer has participated in many juried exhibits, including those sponsored by Downriver Arts and Crafts, the Downriver Council for the Arts and The Artists Guild.

Native Detroiter Ron Scarbough attended Detroit art schools and universities and, during his army stint in the Viet Nam war, illustrated military books. His commissions range from the Detroit Institute of Arts and other Detroit venues to many other states and Libya. His works for this exhibit are entitled “Dignity: Portrait of a People,” following the African American experience from emancipation to the 1920s.

A child with eleven siblings raised by a single mother, Jackie Napolean Wilson, is a self-taught artist. He expresses “the spirituality of the family of man in the garden, in an appreciation of the ordinary struggles of the common man who somehow finds the extraordinary strength and fortitude to overcome life’s obstacles.” His unique collection of photographs has been displayed at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The exhibit will run through October 17, 2009. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm or by appointment.

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
33 E. Adams, Detroit, MI 48226 313.963.7575
Free parking in the church parking lot