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Portsmouth Museum Exhibition Celebrates Black Culture

The Soul Finger Project exhibit is currently on view through June 12
th at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center located at 400 High Street in Portsmouth.

This four-person exhibition presents paintings, and drawings influenced by contemporary Black culture tracing its roots to Northern Africa, the Caribbean Islands, and beyond. Each artist brings his own unique style or “fingerprint” that differs, yet compliments, the work of the other artists in a celebration of their multi-cultural roots.

Artists are Anthony Burks, Sr., from Florida, an accomplished draftsman and painter; Portsmouth native, now Florida resident, Ramel Jasir, whose idea initiated the exhibition to showcase fellow artists with shared ideas and influences; paintings by Arthur Rogers, Jr., from North Carolina, brings the joy of music from the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago); and Clayton Singleton, a resident of Norfolk, Virginia whose realistic and expressive paintings often include Adinkra symbols focusing on the love of family and culture.

Clayton Singleton has been featured on Curate, the local media show with WHRO. He was also on the cover of VEER Best of 2020, December 15, 2020, and most recently featured in Distinction.

Ramel Jasir has lots of family in the local area. Mr. Jasir, Mr. Anthony Burks Sr, and Mr. Arthur Rogers, Jr. all have their paintings on their Facebook pages.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural, and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes, and performances. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Friday of each month: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: $3/adults, $2/ages 2 – 17 years; AAA, military and senior discounts available.

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