SHOHOLA - The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring an exhibit for Black History Month that includes the work of contemporary artists, as well as an exhibit of prints tracing the history of black American art through slavery into the civil rights movement.

A free event, there will be complimentary refreshments, live music and a group show of local artists.  The time and place are 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 3 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola. 

One historical exhibit includes the work of Edward Mitchell Bannister.  When the judges in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition learned he was black, they tried to take back the prize they awarded him for his painting, “Under the Oaks.” Justice was only served because his fellow artists—the ones he beat in the competition—stood up for him, and the prize was reinstated.

The contemporary work features artist Malinda Ware, as well as the creations of Shanita Artson, Amber Doherty, Ed Hicks, Teddy Wilson and Jennifer Doherty. The Event is curated and coordinated by the Vice-Chair of BAAA’s Executive Committee, Ari Mir-Pontier.

This event is funded, in part, by the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.