"Visual Heritage II," an exhibition of more than 50 pieces of art by five African-American artists in a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing and quilting -- will be open at the Southampton Cultural Center through Feb. 28.
The show celebrates Black History Month and highlights the work of New York-area artists Brent Bailer, Sheila Batiste, Nancy Brandon, Maxine Townsend-Broderick and Reynold Ruffins.
"This is a culture that's contributed something very special to the art world," says curator Arlene Bujese. "In American art history, it's a contribution that I don't think has obtained as much regonition as it should have. Now, and in more recent years, I think there's much more appreciation for the unique contribution by black artists."
That contribution is expressed in this show with vibrant colors, figurative and abstract works.
Batiste, for example, created an eight-foot-square charcoal and graphite on paper drawing of a young African-American girl comprised of 12 panels. Townsend-Broderick showcases a young woman's journey to freedom in one of her quilts. Bailer highlights people walking along city streets with umbrellas in his pastels.
So, why should people check it out?
"Because it's good," Bujese says.
WHAT: "Visual Heritage II," an exhibition of art work by five New York-area artists to celebrate Black History Month.
WHEN and WHERE: Open daily from noon to 4 p.m. Gallery talk on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Show on exhibit through Feb. 28 at Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.
INFO: 631-287-4377 or southamptonculturalcenter.org