The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center offers a beautiful perspective on ethnicity, identity, family and love through the eyes of Wanda Hamilton and Challen Rivera (Hamilton).
The February exhibition called Seed, Time and Harvest will be featured in the Grand Atrium. The opening night reception takes place during Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. and will be on display through Feb. 26.
Courage to make a change starts with the boldness to infuse within our children a sense of dignity and determination. This mother-daughter exhibition explores the elements of a brave new world for the nucleus of the black community; the family. This exhibit features mixed media works, sure to give viewers a unique perspective on ethnicity, identity, family and love through the eyes of the artists.
Experience works of Wanda Hamilton and Challen Rivera (Hamilton).
Wanda Hamilton was born and raised in Chicago. Growing up in a time of social and racial upheaval, Hamilton’s fondest childhood memories constantly centered around a grandmother’s unshakable influence. A family bible with color illustrations of masterworks fixed her young heart on the power of classical art. Her childhood love for art grew into seeing an apparent absence of notable blacks associated with this timeless form of art expression. From early on, her goal has been to help change that landscape. As a mother and grandparent, she now focuses on solidifying an artistic legacy for her descendants through encouragement, mentoring and building a body of work to inspire spiritual,mental and emotional growth. Being a self taught artist, Hamilton uses oils to create the majority of her pieces.
Artist Challen “Lexie” Rivera is also known as “C. Lexicution” and “C Rivera Creations.” In two words, the creative style of this aspiring contemporary artist can only be described as intrinsic and saucy. Challen Rivera’s family roots, though established in Fort Myers, harken back in large part to the mountains of Jamaica and the Calypso heritage and spring forth through each stroke of her brush.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.