Bending Towards Justice: The Art of Robert Templeton | Holyoke | Feb. 3 – Mar. 3

Feb 6 2018

Gateway City Arts is pleased to announce:

“Bending toward Justice: The Art of Robert Templeton and the Struggle for Civil Rights – An exhibit and a series of related events.”

This exhibit is FREE and open to the public.

Viewing Times: Mondays: closed Tuesdays: 11am-3pm Wednesdays: 11am-8pm Thursdays: 11am-8pm Fridays: 11am-8pm Saturdays: 4pm-8pm Sundays: 10am-3pm

Program of planned events: -2/2 Private Opening with music from Mtali Banda Oneness Project and an intimate discussion with Kevin Templeton

-2/3 Public Opening with panel discussion from Chris Tinson and Mike Ford

-2/16 Tony Vacca’s Rhythm & Flow with special guests TBD

-2/17 Real Live Theatre Presents a Reading of “When Last We Flew”

-2/18 Reading by Poet Affaa Weaver

-2/22-25 Winter Festival

-2/24 Panel and Discussion with John Bollard

-3/3 Exhibit Closing and An Evening With Evelyn Harris, Samirah Evans, and Marcia Gomes

More info on events and features of this exhibit to be announced…

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Robert Templeton (May 11, 1929 – July 16, 1991) was a prolific American artist and received many high-profile portrait commissions over his career. Templeton painted the portrait of former President Jimmy Carter that is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. His work also includes the civil rights collection “Lest we forget…Images of the Black Civil Rights Movement,” highlighting seminal figures from the movement.

The paintings, on display from February 3rd through March 3rd, have never been shown in Massachusetts before. Gateway City Arts is currently scheduling events related to the content of the exhibit such as concerts, lectures, discussion panels, poetry readings, and more. The month of February will also feature the community-oriented annual Winter Festival. The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday for selected hours.

The exhibit will begin with a private fundraiser dinner and preview on February 2nd, followed by a public opening on Saturday February 3rd with live music and events organized by Genuine Culture. The final day to see the artwork is March 3rd, with a closing concert by Evelyn Harris, Samirah Evans, and Marcia Gomes.



Nov 2018