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Colorful exhibition opens at Butler Art

The work of Bahamian artist Keith Wisdom will be featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

“Keith Wisdom: Junkanoo Inspired” includes paintings directly influenced by the creative essence, costumes, color and rhythm of the Bahamian national cultural festival known as Junkanoo. The festival evolved from Christmas slave celebrations held in late eighteenth century Nassau, The Bahamas.

According to the artist, “It is the festival’s historical elements and use of intense colors in its costuming, rhythmic drumming and parading presentation that have deeply affected me and my depiction of what I feel within my soul.”

Wisdom, who lives in Cuyahoga Falls, has exhibited his work at several northeast Ohio galleries.

During Black History Month, The Butler highlights black artists and the culture that inspires their art and influences American Art.

“Keith Wisdom: Junkanoo Inspired” runs though Feb. 28 at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to www.butlerart.org or call 330-743-1107.

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