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Art out of Africa

African-Americans share their views through varied media

POSTED: June 12, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Works by Ethiopian-born artist Wosene Kosrof of Berkeley, Calif., are in an exhibit of African-American art at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest.

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A common thread exists among artists.

That can be seen from a broad group of African-Americans in a variety of media and processes on display now through Aug. 27 at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College in Demorest.

The exhibit is part of the collection of Norm and Carnetta Davis of Birmingham, Ala., said museum director Daniel White.

“The Davises have a collective name for their art collection, the African word “Umoja,” White said. “The word translates to ‘unity’ and serves the collection well, describing the diverse but unified front the artists in the collection bring the audience.”

All of the works are either by long-established members of the African-American Studio Art movement, such as Romaire Bearden or David Driskell, or by current movers and shakers such as Kara Walker, White said,

“The common thread they all share is the reflection of being an African-American man or woman, and how that transfers to what they want to say and how they express it,” he said.

Artists include Freddie Styles, Larry Walker, Fred Jones, Emma Amos, Hale Woodruff, Bob Thompson and Wosene Kosrof, among others.

Admission is free, and a reception will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21.

The museum is at 567 Georgia St. in Demorest. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact the museum at 706-894-4201 or


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