Gullah, black Baptist traditions celebrated in 3 new shows at Charlotte’s Gantt Center

lharrison@charlotteobserver.comMarch 30, 2013 

  • New art exhibits

    The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents Jonathan Green’s “A Spiritual Journey of Life,” David Herman Jr.’s “Etched in the Eyes” and “I Got Freedom Up Over My Head: Portraits by Julie Moos” through June 15.

    Details: 551 S. Tryon St.; 704-547-3700; Tickets: $5-$8.

Southern life in Gullah and Baptist cultures is the focus of three art exhibits opening Saturday at Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Artists Jonathan Green and David Herman Jr. draw from their experiences growing up in Lowcountry of South Carolina.

“Jonathan Green: A Spiritual Journey of Life” comprises the vibrantly colored community scenes for which he is known as well as his early cubist paintings.

In “Etched in the Eyes: David Herman Jr.,” the artist’s work – mostly photos – depicts the lives and rituals of his Gullah/Geechee neighbors and family members in Georgetown.

In “I Got Freedom Up Over my Head: Portraits by Julie Moos,” the Canadian photographer pairs Birmingham, Ala., women in their Sunday splendor – hats, feathers, fur and lace.

These exhibits run through June 15.

This article is part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance, a consortium of local media dedicated to writing about the arts.

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