Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Something To Look At: “Spirit and Memory: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Heritage”

Posted 2/4/2014 1:06:00 PM

One of the things that make Jonathan Green such a significant figure on the South’s arts scene is his eagerness to collaborate with others who have deep pools of talent within them. Green can often be found working on various projects with poets, musicians, craftspeople, historians, and other visual artists.

Right now you can visit Charleston’s City Gallery at Waterfront Park to see the fruits of Green’s work to promote three fellow artists — Alvin Staley, Doris Colbert Kennedy, and Amiri Geuka Farris. All three have earned awards and accolades as contemporary artists who explore the African American journey through their work with profound creativity and intelligence.

If you put the various accolades of these three artists together you’ll get pages of paragraphs about the extent of their intuition and intellect. These are the kinds of things that really make me want to hear what a person has to say about their work and about the world we live in. Artists are not often people of singular mind. The factors that drive their work are found in their interests, hobbies, curiosities, and the interactions they have every day. How do interactions with the non-art world fuel what they do?

Some of the programming surrounding “Spirit and Memory: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Heritage” will allow art fans to see some of this for themselves.

* Doris Colbert Kennedy will discuss “Energy, God and Quantum Physics: A Deeper Reality” with physicist Margie Morse and Rev. Ed Kosak of Unity Church of Charleston at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.

* Alvin Staley will give a lecture about his work that is included in the exhibition at 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 23.

Both events are at City Gallery and are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the gallery website.