Photo Flash: Look Back - Black History Month Double Celebration at Southampton Cultural Center Curated by Tina Andrews

The multi-talented artist - painter, sculptor, actress, television producer, screenwriter, author and playwright Tina Andrews, currently Playwright in Residence at the Southampton Cultural Center, curated a marvelous exhibition to celebrate Black History Month.

Six African-American artists are featured in a new exhibit titled "From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People through Art and Image". On view are the impressive works of Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott, Jacquelyn Flowers, Tina Andrews, Dianne Smith, and Danny Simmons. The exhibition showcase abstracts, sculptures, pastels, mixed media and representational works which together chart the African American experience in America.

Guest curator Tina Andrews gathered the artists from Washington, DC, Harlem, Brooklyn and East Hampton to expose their works to East End audiences. "It's an exciting, soulful exhibit filled with not only works which envisage our slave past, but abstracts and photos which visualize the present and promise of a post racial future. I urge everyone to come out and see it", says Ms. Andrews.

Proving the old adage if you want something done ask a busy person, Ms. Andrews is currently in rehearsals for the upcoming production of her new one woman show, Coretta: Promise To The Dream. Proving her triple threat skills once again, Ms. Andrews stars as Mrs. King and wrote and directed the production.

Ms. Andrews'' play chronicles the life of Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, and her struggle to continue "His Dream" after his assassination. It dramatizes utilizing photos, video and trial transcript Mrs. King's determination and promise to make Dr. King's birthday a national holiday, and to prove who his true killer was in a civil trial which she won in 1999.

Coretta: Promise To The Dream will play February 7 - 23, 2014
Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM & Sundays at 2:30 PM
General Admission: $ 22; Students under 21 with ID $ 12; seniors $ 20 on Fridays only.
The Southampton Cultural Center, Levitas Center for the Arts is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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