Black History Month Exhibit: “Through the Years”

Douglasville Celebrates Black History Month: “Through the Years”

The Cultural Arts Center of Douglasville/Douglas County showcases four grandiose artists with diverse styles and eclectic concepts in honor of Black History Month. Experience the charisma of color through canvases that boast of integrity through history as well as question the continual drive inside each one of us through time and existence. Come lend a voice to artistic vision that is happening now as it is meant to be shared, uniting us as people and as community as we embrace the art of our present. “Through the Years” Exhibition, in honor of Douglas County’s 150th Celebration and Black History Month, is open for viewing January 9 through February 20.  Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 25 from 5-7 pm, hosted by CAC Satellite, DC Connection and get a chance to meet the faces behind the artworks. Gallery admission, tour and reception are always free. Special gallery tours are also available by appointment. Call the CAC at 770.949.2787 or email to schedule yours today.

This show will feature Penelope Davis’ whimsical figures. Her “Flower Garden 1, 2 & 3” filter through the gallery, punctuating other countless subject matters such as clothing and seasons, proving in the endless flux of life that although everything is prone to change one thing remains constant, that she is “Always the Artist.” Julie Tucker-Demps tells a tale in black and white about the immortal combination that is created when talent and resiliency join together. In celebratory portraits of “Aretha Franklin,” “Donny Hathaway,” and “Maya Angelou” Julie Tucker-Demps casts a spell as music, poetry, and overcoming pour out of the grayscale. Stand before artwork by rEN Dillard and face the power of the world we battle daily – the choice to move forward in adventure or be paralyzed in fear and wonder. In “Seven Levels” rEN Dillard absorbs any life source it meets as viewer becomes intrigued and overwhelmed by the dichotomy of machine and nature; do we race ahead to outrun our primal nature or to find it? rEN Dillard’s “He Who Is Not Known” offers the viewer an internal stand-off between man and beast and the fine line between knowledge and wisdom, strength and power. John Martin brings his star artworks to the CAC walls with the faces of renowned historical figures. Vincent Dale’s photographs, though static, seem to move in whispers that emanate the mesmerizing stillness we are lucky to find in a day – “Patiently Waiting,” “Gone,” “Exclusion,” “Road to Nowhere,” and “Emptiness” ironically become the sought-after moments among life’s havoc.

Reception Host, The Douglas County Connection is a satellite organization of the Cultural Arts Council; it was founded by Helen Catron in 1990. During the past 24 years, the DC Connection has established, supported and sponsored community events that enrich the cultural experience in the Arts, particularly as it relates to African American culture and history. For information on DC Connection contact Darlene Kimes at

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions and more information, visit or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.