The Black Heritage Gallery presents two new exhibitions at the historic Town Hall

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The Black Heritage Gallery at City Hall’s Historic Arts and Culture Center has announced that it will host two new exhibits.

The opening of the exhibitions will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday June 3, 2022.

The historic City Hall is located at 1001 Ryan Street and has resumed regular business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free.

“Works by Madelyn Benoit, Marissa Lyons and Derrick Thornton”

This exhibition showcases impactful works of art created by a trio of some of Lake Charles’ most talented artists. This new exhibition will be presented in the North West Gallery on the second floor until Saturday July 23.

The group exhibition features three artists who each bring their own varied approach to painting. Derrick Thornton uses his paintings to communicate the perspectives of black Americans. He likes to say that his paintings “have eyes”, because they look straight at you and force you to recognize them.

Madelyn Benoit takes a more figurative approach to her works. She portrays women of color in a romantic light, hoping to convey their beautiful, soft, and feminine side to the viewer.

“The Birth of an Artist”

At the same time, a new collection of photographs by Jeanine Blaney entitled “The Birth of an Artist” will be exhibited until Saturday July 29.

Blaney says his job “is much more than just pointing the camera at a scene and clicking the button.” His photography exhibition aims to capture and understand pivotal moments. She goes on to say, “Capturing these moments is essential because they are fleeting and forgettable. It can take a year or more to forget them. Yet you can lose the feel without a timeless visual reminder and never dig it up again. A photo can revive the emotions, memories and scents attached to the image.

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Julia P. Cluff