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Thursday, Dec 1, 2022

REVIEW: The Black Artist Showcase celebrates Macon's local Black artists

<p>The Black Artist Showcase is exhibiting at the Macon Arts Alliance all February. Photo by Lidya Dereje.</p>

The Black Artist Showcase is exhibiting at the Macon Arts Alliance all February. Photo by Lidya Dereje.

In honor of Black History Month, the Macon Arts Alliance opened up Feb. 4 with “The Black Artist Showcase,” an exhibition intended to celebrate and share the work of local Black artists. The work presented included an array of styles and mediums from artists like Caleb Brown, Dsto Moore, Kevin Lewis, Marvin Holloway, Matthew Odom, Randy Heart, Rhonda Miller and Wini McQueen. 

The first work showcased is Randy Heart’s ”Yard Sign” and ”Gimme My Flowers.” For over a decade, Heart has used graffiti art to empower and uplift his community. Although these pieces have smaller dimensions than wall art, his mixture of acrylic and spray paint communicate the need for Black people to unapologetically “Do Black Shit,” and in doing so, receive the credit they deserve. Through dark blotches and thin lines, Heart shares a valuable message.

Rhonda Miller, on the other hand, places an emphasis on texture and vibrancy. Using layered acrylic paint, fluffy spheres and glitter, Miller’s works “Runaway Bride,” ”I Am Washable” and “Inner Child” explore her painful past with childhood and childbearing. Her pieces have a motif of dark, glimmering eyes looking straight towards the audience in a captivatingly reflective manner. 

These artists are only a few of the many other talented artists presented at “The Black Artist Showcase.” These creatives have demonstrated the complexity of art, specifically Black art.

This eclectic gallery will be open to the public for the entire month of February, so we encourage you to check them out and support Macon’s local Black artists.


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