Seen/Hear: A Multicultural Exhibit Celebrating Heritage” at the Bankhead Theater Gallery will showcase works of art representing Native American, Hispanic and African cultures. The new exhibit opens Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and will remain on display for two months, featuring the works of seven artists: John Balloue, Harry Fonseca, Daniel Camacho, Francisco Franco, Fortune Sitole, Wawi Amasha, and Nana-Dictta Graves.
Bay Area native John Balloue has said he finds in his art a way to understand, honor and keep alive his Cherokee heritage, while adding vibrant color and his own contemporary style. Harry Fonseca’s early pieces reflected the creation myth of the Nisenan Maidu people. His subsequent works have highlighted other iconic images of Native American culture, influenced by basketry designs and dance regalia.
An art teacher at the elementary and middle school levels in Oakland, Daniel Camacho promotes awareness of Mexican/Latino culture through his artwork, as well as his active involvement with community groups. After witnessing the 9/11 attack in New York, Francisco Franco found healing in artwork that builds on the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions of his heritage.
A self-taught artist, Fortune Sitole uses a variety of materials to recreate and preserve visions of everyday life in the townships of South Africa. Wawi Amasha folds her culture into every aspect of her colorful wearable art, helping her serve as a cultural ambassador not just for Kenya, but all of Africa. Nana-Dictta Graves brings glorious images of everyday materials into visionary micro-mosaic works of fine art, inspired by her African heritage.
“Seen/Hear” will be on display in the Bankhead Theater Gallery from June 27 through August 27, 2018. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 1:00 to 3:00pm, providing an opportunity to admire the works and meet some of the artists. During the free afternoon event, there will be music and dance demonstrations by Cheza Nami and Livermore’s American Indian Center, as well as light appetizers.
The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. The Gallery, located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, is open Monday through Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00pm and by appointment.
Image here by John Balloue, "Mr. Strong".