Opening Reception: Friday, March 31 from 6pm to 9pm
Join Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center this Friday, March 31st from 6pm to 9pm as they celebrate their Grand ReOpening with an opening reception of our next exhibition featuring the work of Legendary Artist Lois Mailou Jones. The art provided comes from a private collection of a local collector. There will be art, books and other treasures for purchase during the exhibition.
After several long months of renovations, Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center is excited to show off their ‘new and improved’ space. In addition to their Opening Reception Friday evening, they will also be opening up Saturday, April 1st with free workshops from 11am to 7pm.
Lois Mailou Jones (American 1905 – 1998) was born in Boston. As a child she began drawing and painting with watercolors; the latter remained her favorite medium throughout her life. After graduating from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jones worked as a textile designer. During this period, she encountered the prejudice that prompted her to shift her artistic focus to the fine arts. A regionalist style surfaced in the paintings created in her brief time teaching at Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina. (There she also coached basketball, taught folk dancing, and played piano for Sunday church services.) It was this same talent, energy and persistence with which she influenced generations of art students in a 47 year teaching career at Howard University. An inspiring and demanding taskmaster, Lois Mailou Jones possessed the rare ability to help each student devise their own means of expression. Former students include printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett; painters Malkia Roberts, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Hiawatha Brown, Peter Robinson and Robert Freeman; painters/ educators David Driskell and Mary Lovelace O’Neil; and installation artists Houston Conwill and Rose Powhatan.
CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE. For more information, visit www.chacc.org.