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Monday, February 06, 2006

Art Exhibit Honors Black History Month

The 12th Annual African American Art Exhibition in Louisville celebrates Black History month by displaying artwork from African Americans throughout the state of Kentucky. While it may be a bit of a drive for those in the Maysville area, it is certainly worth the trip. Our own Sha-Reese Cunningham of Maysville Kentucky will be displaying some of her work there.

Sha-Reese's paintings are Afro-centric, Judeo-Christian in theme. For example, her painting "Touch of Faith" which depicts a woman touching the foot of Jesus. The painting is remarkable in that it focuses on the woman's devotion to Jesus rather than on Jesus Himself. Jesus is only hinted at in the painting through a clever use of light reflecting off the ground.

From Sha-Reese's bio at Art-Exchange:

I’m a 36 yr. old Wife of a Loving Husband and Mother of two Precious People. I’m a Born-Again, Lord Loving Woman of God who acknowledges and actively pursues God’s Presence in my Life. I recall reading somewhere that “Our Talents are Gifts from God, What we do with that Talent is our Gift to God”. I’ve chosen to give back what he has so lovingly given to me and I pray that all I do glorifies Him.

I completed my first paintings in the spring of 2001 afterwards I joined the Ohio River Valley Artists Guild. I enrolled in Maysville Community College in August of 2001 and completed 1 year during which I was blessed to be able to refine and polish my approach to the creation of art under the direction of Jeanette Dickinson.

During and since that time I’ve exhibited in every available local venue including the Mason County Museum, the juried, Art Riverwalk Show and as a member of the local Art Guild I have participated in shows for our school system. I’ve also shown work through Cultural Art Expressions Gallery in Lexington, KY.

I reviewed the Art in Healing show for Maysville Community College. The review was published in the Ledger Independent Newspaper. Also, I was featured in The Ledger as a special report for Black History Month.

Currently I’m working diligently on some commissioned works, which will be displayed, at various shows late Spring, early Summer 2004.

As an emerging artist I’m looking forward to walking the path that has been laid before me and when necessary cutting a path as God grants me wisdom. And, because of him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think, I feel assured that the best is yet to come!

The exhibit will continue through Febuary 25th.

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