Green Book art exhibition celebrates ‘Journey to Emancipation’ • St Pete Catalyst

Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became law on January 1, 1863, the Civil War continued to drag on, and slaves held in the Confederate States were not freed until the Union secured surrender. of each capital. Therefore, “Emancipation Day” varied from state to state.

In Florida, this key historic designation is given to May 20, the date Lincoln’s proclamation was read — by a conquering Union commander — at the Capitol building in Tallahassee.

Juneteenth, a federal holiday, occurs on June 19, the anniversary of the emancipation of the state of Texas – the last bastion of institutionalized slavery.

The Tampa Bay Green Book organized The Journey to emancipation, an exhibition of works by local artists, on Saturday at [email protected] It falls midway between Florida’s recognized birthday and the national day of celebration. This is the organization’s second annual collective exhibition.

Although the art will remain until June 30, Saturday’s event is notable as the artists themselves will be there, in conversation with Green Book co-founders Hillary Van Dyke and Joshua Bean, to discuss – among other things – why they created the work you did on receiving the Call to Artists from Van Dyke.

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Joshua Bean and Hillary Van Dyke. File photo.

“We don’t tell anyone what type of work to submit or what it should look like,” Van Dyke explained. “So they have the freedom to do whatever they want, but we always try to honor black history and black people.”

Green Book is a black-owned business directory serving Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

“And Josh and I are very into art, so we know how art makes us feel relaxed and at peace and free. And so we just want to give that to the community – to come and see extremely talented people and their I guess it’s more about the sense of freedom we get when we experience art.

Participating artists are all listed in the green book, Van Dyke said.

Artwork by sculptor Ashley Rivers, aka The Nature of Fire.

“One of the things about Green Book is having the directory to help people better distribute the wealth in the community,” she explained. “But we were also very serious about making sure that the arts and entertainment category includes people who aren’t traditionally seen as businesses, but are still producing something that matters and should also be improved.”

Although most of the artwork shown is standard size, two creatives – Carlos “Zulu Painter” Culbertson and Jason “Wayward Walls” Harvin – painted wall-sized murals.

Other artists include Eb&Floww, Dr. Goggles, Myiah Pink, The Nature of Fire, Nomadic Fete, Tenea D. Johnson and Vivia Grier.

Saturday’s event will also feature live performances by Queen of Ex, Shadcore and Shelby Sol musicians from Green Book repertoire.

On June 10 at [email protected], Green Book joins The American Griot for An anthology of voices. The 6-9 p.m. event is billed as a “full art immersion,” with a variety of artists celebrating black stories through different mediums.

All the info (and tickets) on [email protected] website.

Zulu Painter (Carlos Culbertson)

Wayward Walls (Jason Harvin)

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