First Thursday March: John L. Newman’s Visual Stories of Shared Experiences Inspires Children’s Exhibit

March 1st, 2018

@*AV Gallery


John L. Newman’s retrospective, Visual Stories of Shared Experiences is held over through March and includes additional works. Sharon Killian, president of Art Ventures NWA says, “Newman’s remarkable work carries salient stories about the American experience for African Americans, Japanese Americans and others who find themselves marginalized in a variety of ways in our country.”

Esther Silver-Parker, major underwriter of the exhibition and CEO of the SilverParker Group says, “Newman’s stories are our stories; and, although phenotypically we are different, he reminds us our stories are shared.”

The children’s exhibit is a result of Art Ventures’ collaboration with NWA Women of Distinction. Twenty-five children from pre-school to high school participated in the NWA-WOD sponsored workshop conducted by Art Ventures staff on February 17th, 2018. Children learned about the elements and principles of art that are prevalent in the work of John L. Newman, and how to use them to create their own masterpieces.

At the conclusion of the hour-long creative session, each child received a book about an African American artist, “Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter,” by Kathy Whitehead, illustrated by Shane W. Evans; “Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem,” by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, illustrated by Christopher Myers and “Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!,” by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Keith Mallett.
We thank Kent Oliver of E.K. Langdon & Company of Rogers, AR for donating these wonderful books.

Music and refreshments will be provided, all are welcome! 5-8pm


Northwest Arkansas Women of Distinction comprises accomplished African American women who live and work in Benton, Washington, and Sebastian Counties. The group was formed to build a “sense of home” for its members by strengthening and expanding existing friendships, designing programs to increase cultural development, and promoting awareness, support and encouraging appreciation for the vast contributions and needs of the NWA African American community.