This month’s Art Walk, hosted by the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, is celebrating Black History Month on February 18 with the opening of “Transcendent” at the Ohana Group Gallery. The festivities continue with the A.E Backus Museum’s Highwaymen Celebration Weekend, featuring a Friday night reception for its current exhibit, “The Highwaymen: Art / History,” from 6-8 p.m. at 500 N. Indian River Dr.
“Transcendent” features the work by Black members of the Alliance or by Alliance Art Guild members. The exhibition is a celebration of Black subjects, culture, and history, and will be on view through May 13. Art Walk patrons can also view “Provocative,” an exhibition featuring daring and adult themes, on view at the Alliance Gallery through March 22.
Guests will enjoy Art Walk’s shopping, live music, and live painting on the streets of downtown Fort Pierce. As part of the Black History Month jamboree, the sounds of Jazz by Alliance Music Guild Members Bruce Bernstein’s Saxophone Expressions, Muffy Charles, and saxophonist Gary Palmer will flood the streets.
The Alliance drum circle with Kevin Beatkeeper will bring the rhythm from 6-7 p.m. in the parking lot of One Eleven Orange Building. With a limited number of drums available, participants are encouraged to register for the Drum Circle and RSVP here.
“This month, we’re fortunate to be able to take in a wide array of Art by African American artists, from the celebrated Highwaymen who defied Jim Crow and built their legacies from their car trunks, to our local Black artists featured in ‘Transcendent,’ and additional artwork we featured the National Forum for Black Public Administrator’s Celebrating Black Excellence Gala” says Jake Sanders, Cultural Alliance Community Engagement Manager. “St. Lucie County has been a home for cultural legends like Zora Neale Hurston and the Highwaymen, and the next generation of local celebrated artists.”
Learn more about the exhibitions and this month’s Art Walk here.