Gallery Openings and Events

Life Pieces To Masterpieces: Songs in the Key of Life Pieces

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Saturday, April 20 at 6pm

Join Life Pieces to Masterpieces for an evening of performances by regional and national performers singing classical arias, gospel, and jazz. With performances from: B. Jackson Caesar, Abigail Endicott, William C. Kellibrew, IV, Harlie Sponaugle, Reginald Boutnight, and others. For the 6th straight year, Susie Stevens will serve as the Concert Director. Stevens studied voice and the opera classics privately with Phyllis Joyce at the Hudson Studio in Wheaton, Maryland. She is also a chorister with the National Lyric Opera Company.

Founded in 1996, Life Pieces To Masterpieces is an arts-based, year round, comprehensive youth development, and character education organization for African-American males (apprentices). Life Pieces’ programs teach integrity, character development, and leadership skills. Life Pieces To Masterpieces takes its name from the unique, homegrown style of art that our apprentices collectively create.

Seventeen years later, this art process continues to help the young men connect with each other and reflect on their life experiences and challenges. The art masterpieces are collaboratively created via the intricate process of brainstorming life experiences within groups, sketching on fabric, mixing acrylic paint, painting on fabric, and cutting and sewing fabric onto canvas. This positive expression is the foundation for Life Pieces’ entire Human Development Curriculum and continues to yield spectacular results. Apprentices also participate in academic tutoring, reading improvement, and math skills improvement daily. For the last 7 years, 100% of Life Pieces’ apprentices have graduated high-school and have gone onto post-secondary education, workforce, and/or military. “Some people think the paintings are the masterpieces, but they aren’t. The boys are,” notes Mary Brown.

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Life Pieces To Masterpieces: Songs in the Key of Life Pieces will be held at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church which is located at 201 Fourth Street SE.

For more information visit www.lifepieces.org.

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