Sunday will be the last day people can view the Marko Fields and Carol Long Ceramics Exhibit at Barton Community College’s Shafer Gallery. The Black History Month exhibit, "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds," an exhibit of posters from the Smithsonian Institute, also will end Sunday.
The Smithsonian posters from the Gallery’s permanent collection feature Black women who achieved greatness and made great strides in the Civil Rights Movement.
The posters include tributes to singer Bessie Smith; Rosa Parks, who became a symbol for Civil Rights when she kept her seat on the bus and was arrested; Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, who gave a freedom speech to the National Council of Women; Sojourner Truth, who became a spokesperson for Black women and Civil Rights; sprinter Wilma Rudolph, winner of three Olympic gold medals; cancer researcher and California State University President Jewell Plummer Cobb; journalist Ida B. Wells Barnett; and many others.
Both Fields and Long share a love for visual texture. "They create vessels that are covered with elaborate decorative details. Fields creates a mytho-poetic yet whimsical lost culture, while Long finds inspiration in the decorative revelry of the late 19th century Art Nouveau," said Dave Barnes, Shafer Gallery director. Both artists have Kansas roots.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.