Film Tonight-Saturday! BLACK (N) (V) (ADJ) art event at Karcher kicks off Black History Month

Jeni Ensslin photos for theYOUjournal

The effects of an ultra violet light on a painting of Grace Slick during the BLACK art show at Karcher Sunday.
The effects of an ultra violet light are shown on a painting of Grace Jones during the BLACK art show at Karcher Jan. 31.

by Jeni Ensslin & theYOUjournal Staff  

BLACK (N) (V) (ADJ), a month long series of engaging opportunities for dialogue surrounding the experience of living as black and living alongside those who are black, kicked off with the VIP event Sunday night at the Karcher Art Gallery in downtown Waukegan.

The event marks the start of Black History Month.

Nick Izquierdo, Markus Hayden and Jimmie Spidle, all Karcher residents check out the opening of the show. Their production company, Nine Stars Productions helped with the Film that will be shown next week.
Karcher residents Nick Izquierdo, Markus Hayden and Jimmie Spidle check out the opening of Sunday’s start of the BLACK show. Their production company, Nine Stars Productions helped with the film that will be shown at the downtown Waukegan art gallery next week.

Curators of the show, Waukegan artists Nicole Romany and William Jerard (aka Jerard Coleman) hope to pair classic elements of art with engrossing and familiar experiences of the black community.

 

On Saturday Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. the Karcher Art Gallery will feature William Jerard’s docu-film “Black – (n) (adj) (v).” The film promises to dig deep into the ever-evolving culture of blackness. Jerard, a world traveler who is set to embark on another trip to India, sits down in the film with more than 40 people who identify with the term “black.” Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/157597327942896/

 

The BLACK show was created to have spaces of intrigue, safety and comfort, while guiding visitors through art from the worlds of canvas, music, film, oration, photography & culinary delights.

According to the BLACK Facebook page, “In these havens of expression, the attendees will be challenged to explore and evolve their definitions and preconcieved notions of the black experience.”

Aspiring artist Shai Horton and her mother view the art exhibit at Karcher Sunday.
Budding artist Shai Horton and her mother Uniquee Williams of Waukegan talk about the methods used to create this art piece at Karcher Jan. 31.

 

Show curator William Jerard displayed some of his works, along with Yvonne Pitts of North Chicago who focused on multimedia and works that feature photos of her own family. In all, seven artists, most with ties to Waukegan, were represented at the show which includes 45 pieces of art.

North Chicago artist Yvonne Pitts shows off some of her mixed media pieces.
North Chicago artist Yvonne Pitts shows off some of her mixed media pieces.

 

Works include multidimensional and mixed media, photos, canvas, and wood-burns. Also included in the month long event are a film, oration and “culinary delights.”

Romany and Jerard wanted to do something unique for Black History Month, thus the BLACK show was born. Artists who featured works in the show were asked the question “What is your idea of black?” This culminated for the show an array of beautiful, poignant, significant and uplifting works all rolled into one.

Co curators and Karcher residents Nicole Romany and William Jerard welcome visitors to the exhibition.
Co-curators of BLACK and Karcher residents Nicole Romany and William Jerard welcome visitors to the exhibition.

Other themes important to project organizers are community inclusion, collective expression and familial ties.

Also included in the month long event will be the film screening – Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.; a symposium – Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.;  a round table – Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. (during the February ArtWauk); and an artist workshop – Feb. 27 at 2 p.m..  The close of the show will take place Sunday Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

 

Show coordinator Nicole Romany, left and Waukegan resident Jane Ferry.
Show coordinator Nicole Romany, left and Waukegan resident Jane Ferry at the BLACK kick-off event Jan. 31

 

Jacqueline Harris, a poet and lives in the Karcher building, admires one of the paintings on display.
Jacqueline Harris, a poet who lives in the Karcher building, admires one of the paintings on display.

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