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Artists In Mount Vernon Celebrate Black History Month

Artist and Mount Vernon resident Fanny Miller-Beard shows her piece "Sunday Heritage" at City Hall. Photo Credit: Greg Maker
James Fair, one of the curators of the art show at City Hall, created computer-enhanced photography of Mount Vernon scenes. Photo Credit: Greg Maker

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Local artists celebrated Black History Month with a mixed-media art show reception at City Hall on Wednesday night.

The exhibit features paintings, photographs and collages related to the history of African-Americans, created by local artists.

One piece, "Sunday Heritage," by resident Fanny Miller-Beard, shows pictures of Miller-Beard's family from the 1800s, surrounded by soul food.

"It's difficult to find different venues to display your art," Miller-Beard said. "This is my first show, and it is very exciting. It gives me great pride in the city of Mount Vernon, that they would showcase mine and other artists' work. I was always interested in collages for their bright colors, which was my inspiration."

James "jAFa" Fair, one of the curators of the show, displayed several computer-enhanced photographs he has taken in Mount Vernon. "City Hall has been very supportive of the arts," Fair said. "It's great to have our work displayed here. A lot of people will see it, and I feel honored."

Maureen Wilson, President of the Mount Vernon Arts and Culture Council, which presented the event, said their monthly art exhibits provide a place to show artwork for artists who might not otherwise have a chance to display it.

"We are bringing art back to the Mount Vernon community," Wilson said. "We don't know how much talent is out there until we see it."

Other artists whose work is displayed include Anton, Aleathia Brown, Carla Brown, Elijah Brumfield, Cynthia Burgos, Ted Jenkins, Lance Johnson, Robin Joyce Miller, Fanny-Marie Oliveras, Shahaa O. Azeem and Hubert Williams.

Wilson said that next month, the MVACC plans to hold an art show for Women's History Month.

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