Sunday, January 19, 2020

AmadorArts: "ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show" Jan-24-Mar 13

Amador County Arts Council Invites Public to “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”

In honor of Black History Month, the Amador County Arts Council is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”, celebrating African-American heritage, culture, and achievements. Curated by local Black leaders, this landmark exhibit opens in the art council gallery on January 24th and runs through March 13th.  

All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America over 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American experience in various fields including art, music, poetry, literature, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry.  Amador County Arts Council invites all people of all backgrounds to explore and celebrate African American contributions to culture, art, music, infrastructure, social justice, and the overall American experience. “ROOTS” is meant to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities. Some of the art will be for sale, with all of the purchase price going to the artist.  

The curating team is comprised of local and regional artists and arts lovers who are proud of their Black Heritage, including: 
  • Dr. James Armstead - Actor and historical interpreter, retired professor, and California State Guard emergency planner 
  • Deja Douglas - President of the Argonaut High School Art Club and AmadorArts Student Director 
  • Betzaida Arroyo - United Health Group (Optum) Program Integrity Manager,Veteran, PhD candidate, and Victory Village board member
  • Darreon BrooksAmadorArts Board of Directors and Manager at Jackson Raleys 
  • Joy Tribble - Arts Technician with City of West Hollywood Arts Division
  • Sarah Stepney - Local Visual Artist, Argonaut High  

  • Amador County Arts Council is a local non-profit devoted to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts in our schools and community, located at 617 South CA-Hwy 49 [in the Mother Lode Plaza] Jackson, CA. The open hours are Monday-Friday, 2:00 to 6:00 pm. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For information, please contact Cynthia Griffin at Amador County Arts Council at209-256-8166 or

BELOW: Sampling of art in the first-ever Amador County Black Heritage Art Show.
Logo of the landmark exhibit created by Colby Gagnebin of Argonaut High School.  

Nancy Hawkins
Jeannie Jarwin Tilghman
Ree McLaughlan Brown
Rosemary Willhite

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