Hearne Fine Art puts local artists, Black culture in the spotlight with series of virtual, real-time events

Hearne Fine Art puts local artists, Black culture in the spotlight with series of virtual, real-time events

BCN Staff – Feb. 13, 2022 — If the chilly weather is limiting your community involvement this winter, Hearne Fine Art & Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing in Little Rock has plenty of ongoing and upcoming virtual and real-time events to keep you abreast of important local, state and national current Black-focused events.

Since Jan. 14, Hearne Fine Art has been presenting the “When We See Us” exhibition featuring the works of three emerging talents experimenting with distinct mediums online at https://hearnefineart.com/. This exhibition takes viewers on a virtual visual journey showcasing three different interpretations of seeing and experiencing the Black figurative modern image and expressions of Black life through the mediums of Ebony Blevinsʼ realism (cyanotype prints), Adaja Cooper‘s expressionism (oil and acrylic paintings), and Perrion Hurd‘s Afrofuturistic visions on scratch paper etchings.

Garbo Hearne, owner of the city’s premier Black-owned art gallery and bookstore, told BlackConsumerNews.com that it was important for Hearne Fine Art to play a role in showcasing talented local Black artists in Arkansas through their respective and distinctive mediums.

“‘When We See Us’ (is) an exhibition featuring three emerging Arkansas artists evokes a visual representation of the complicated experiences of being Black in the U.S. and world with symbolism, ancestral references, and artistic expression,” said Hearne. “Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing has utilized virtual programming to reach out to the world and bring the world to Arkansas.

On Friday (Feb. 11), Hearne Fine Art held their second “Meet the Artists” event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hearne Fine Art at 1001 Wright Ave., downtown Little Rock. On Sunday (Feb. 13), the first virtual exhibition with Hurd kicked off on Zoom at 3 p.m. Online exhibitions for Cooper and Blevins will be held on Feb. 20 and 27, respectively. Click here to register for those Zoom presentations. The online shows will last through March 19.

In addition, Hearne Fine Art will also sponsor another virtual “Book Talk” event on Feb. 19 at noon, featuring Dr. Obery Hendricks, author of “Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith.” This event, which will be guest moderated by Reverend Dr. Allan Boesak and Reverend Judge Wendell Griffen, will discuss how evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ.

Concerning Hendricks, the East Coast best-selling author is an activist, a religious scholar, a former theological seminary president, and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. His books include “The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings,” and “How They Have Been Corrupted and The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic.” He currently teaches religion and African American studies at Columbia University and is also a Visiting Professor of Bible and Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

“The conversation with (Dr. Hendricks, Dr. Boesak and Reverend Judge Griffen) regarding ‘Christians Against Christianity’ will be insightful and substantive which is our goal with every book we bring to the forefront,” Hearnes said of the upcoming virtual event. Click here to RSVP for that event.

Hearne said her namesake art gallery, framing business, bookstore, and community center will have a full schedule of upcoming spring events that highlight the contributions of African Americans locally and across the nation. To learn more about the schedule of upcoming events and activities at Hearnes Fine Art, go here

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