For the next four weeks, City Hall will be showcasing work from two longtime Baltimore artists in a pair of exhibitions to celebrate Black History Month.
The shows open tonight at a kickoff with Mayor Catherine Pugh. One exhibit features paintings by MICA alum Nathaniel K. Gibbs, while the other has paintings from self-taught artist Laurence Hurst. Both Gibbs and Hurst graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore.
Guests can meet both painters tonight, and enjoy performances by the City College Knights of Jazz Combo and the Morton Street Dance Company.
Pugh and other city officials gathered at City Hall already this afternoon to celebrate civil rights icon and Baltimore native Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday. The Dunbar High School Jazz Band performed and Crossroads School students read famous quotes by Douglass. Also in attendance was sculptor Joseph Sheppard, who crafted a bronze statue of Douglass that he later said will be a solid candidate to replace the removed one of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney.
The art openings run from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight, but if you miss them, you can still see the exhibitions at to City Hall (ID required) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 28.
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