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Arts council celebrates black history

Oil paintings and pastels by noted black artist Nathan Parker will be on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center starting this Sunday.
“He had come with a group of artists before, and we were very impressed with him, so we wanted to give him his own show,” said Mary Jane Howard, executive director of the Lincoln Arts Council.
The art show is entitled “Life Goes On” and features images of old buildings. A modern image of the same building is placed in the corners of the pictures.
“It’s a before and after thing,” said Parker. “It’s my trademark.”
A reception will be held for Parker from 2 to 4 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Cochrane ad Carolina Mills Galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show will be on exhibit until Feb. 28.
“That’s just part of our ongoing black history celebration,” said Howard.
Earlier this week, the Arts Council sponsored a visit to Lincoln County middle schools from Obakunle Akinlana, a noted black story teller.
Akinlana appeared with his troupe on Feb. 1 and 2 and told stories with drums, shekeres and other African musical instruments.
Coming Feb. 11 is an exhibit on black inventors. It will be showing only one day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The theme of the Black Inventions Exhibit is “Made in America – Black Inventors U.S.A.” It will travel to more than 25 states and 100 cities throughout the United States in celebration of Black History Month.
Groups of 10 or more parties and those requiring special parking arrangements are encouraged to call 704-732-9055 to make reservations. Admission is $3 per person.

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