Bentonville Fine Art Show is perfect staycation for Spring Break 2014

Olan James, freelance publicist olanjames@gmail.com (479)-629-4975

Residents from throughout Northwest Arkansas and surrounding communities will usher in the newness of spring here in the Ozarks with a warm display of fine art, as Black Art in America™ and The SilverParker Group present the Bentonville Fine Art Show for the very first time in the Natural State at The Walmart Museum located at 105 N. Main St. in downtown Bentonville on March 22-23, 2014.

The collection will feature creative works from some of the world’s preeminent African American artists, and is being sponsored by Esther Silver-Parker, President and CEO of the international consulting firm, The SilverParker Group.

“This art collection lends itself as a timeline of the history of individuals of African ancestry from the Harlem Renaissance to modern day, but can be appreciated by all Americans for its stunning imagery and powerful messages,” states Silver-Parker. “We are inviting the entire state and border communities to partake in this historic exhibition as it debuts in the great State of Arkansas.”

Master and contemporary artists prominently featured in the art show will include: John Biggers, David Driskell, Herbert Gentry, Kevin Cole, Cora Marshall, Robert McKnight, Frank Morrison, Charly Palmer, Deborah Shedrick, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, Charlotte Riley-Webb and Najee Dorsey, founder and CEO of Black Art in America™, which is a premiere online social media network for African American art.

The Blytheville native will be on site to provide guided tours, as well as, interact with the anticipated crowds expected to be in attendance. Also, featured amongst Dorsey’s works will be a rare mixed media portrait of legendary law enforcer Bass Reeves, one the first African Americans to receive a commission as a Deputy U.S. Marshal West of the Mississippi. Reeves’ legacy was immortalized in 2012 with a bronze statute currently on display at Pendergraft Park in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The Bentonville Fine Art Show is a precursor to Dorsey’s next solo exhibition, “Leaving Mississippi – Reflections on Heroes and Folklore,” which will be on view at the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia from August 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

The exhibition will be open to the general public on Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with two insightful discussions at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The third and final day of the exhibition will be Sunday, March 23 from 12 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Take a stroll through Bentonville’s historic downtown area, visit Crystal Bridges and stay at the 21c Museum Hotel for a discounted rate.

Admission: Free and open to the general public

The Walmart Museum 105 N. Main St. Bentonville, AR 72712 (479)-273-1329

More information is available at www.blackartinamerica.com.

The Bentonville Fine Art Show is proudly sponsored by Black Art in America™, The SilverParker Group, Shop Baia Online™, Non Radio Music Projects, Raiford Roman & Associates, Walmart’s UNITY African American resource group, The Walmart Museum and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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