Central Arkansas painter Angela Davis-Johnson will showcase her talent at an exhibition where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art Connection located in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District.
The artist talk, featuring Davis-Johnson, along with the reception and exhibition, will kick-off Friday, April 25, 5:30-9 p.m., and the exhibition will continue through Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Art Connection, 204 East 4th St., North Little Rock. Art Connection is a non-profit after school and summer visual arts work program for North Little Rock High School students.
She is best known for her vibrant narrative paintings that examine universal connections, southern identity, and historical occurrences through personal symbols.
Navigating between academic influences and outsider art individuality, she creates textured figures using oil paint, scrap paper and fabric within unique compositions.
"Array of Humanity is a collection of memories, dreams, and images of souls that I have encountered in my life. I created several of these paintings over the past year," she said. "With each piece, I wanted to explore a range of human experience; from nostalgia in the country side, to anger of a protest, to a dream about reconnecting with our ancestors. In the words of Terence, ‘nothing human is alien to me’, and I hope to reflect that same sentiment in this body of work."
Hollie Lewis, Executive Director of Art Connection, will host the event.
"Art Connection is excited and humbled to host the ‘Array of Humanity’ show," said Lewis. "Angela Davis-Johnson is an amazing artist and this show will allow us the opportunity to raise public awareness of Art Connection’s mission: to help under-resourced youth achieve higher education, citizen leadership and self-sufficiency through paid employment in the creative economy".
Art enthusiasts are invited to gather at Art Connection on April 25, 5:30-9 p.m. The event is free and the works for sale are priced for accessibility.
For more information about the "Array of Humanity" show, call Hollie Lewis at Art Connection at 319-7905.