Two art exhibits opened Jan. 27 at Norfolk State University’s Wise Gallery. Stephanie Kiah, a visual artist, and Ernest Lowery, a freelance multi-media journalist, shared centerstage at the opening reception. The Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Links, Inc. is a co-sponsor of the exhibit.
Kiah’s exhibit is named, “In Tune”, and Lowery’s “Re-Cycle of Life”. Both artists gave presentations on the essence of their works.
Kiah’s works are based on papular music and seek to open dialogue on the perils of U.S. Society.
Lowery displayed photos from his trips to Ghana and the life conditions he witnessed.
“This series of photos is a sample representation of what I observed as an American traveler embraced by the people in a world beyond the tourist destination spots. By day in this particular area, I saw the grueling livelihood many Ghanaians face on a daily basis where everyone is watching everyone; by night, trash is easily discarded. I drew a logical conclusion that there were not enough gondolas and transportation means to keep waste off the ground and the trenches, that had led to what I saw.
He continued, “In this series, I see the result of strong steadfast situations that allow the strong to continue to move through the maze of a Re Cycle of Life.”
The exhibit continues through March 3, 2017. The James Wise Gallery is located in the Hamm Fine Arts Building on the NSU campus and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.