Presentations give insight on African art – from ancient Egypt to contemporary works

jeroline mccarthyDr. Leila Hardison, program chair of the Education Outreach Project for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, and Leon McLaurin, the foundation’s executive vice president, shared that patrons gained the appreciation of “African Art: Ancient Egypt to Contemporary Works,’’ during recent lecture sessions.

The portrait, facilitated by Professor Bertrand Green recently was presented in two lecture sessions on the same day at the Hilton Garden Inn. It was interweaved in “National Arts in Education Week.”

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Professor Green’s academic training involves anthropology and his specialization is Africa. He is a graduate of Howard University and Oxford University and an ABD candidate for his doctorate in Comparative and International Educational Development at Columbia University.

He and his wife, Quida, relocated to Palm Coast after his 30-year career at Lehman Col
lege of the City University of New York, where he served as chairman of the Africana Studies Department, teaching faculty and administrators. In addition, he is a member of the Education Committee and the Black Studies Committee of the African American Cultural Society, instructing the contributions of Africans to world history.

Extensive travels
Professor Green has made numerous trips to Africa, including the Soviet Union as the associate director of the Citizens Exchange Corps. He has met with scholars at the Institute of African Studies and descendants of African-Americans who relocated to the Soviet Union during the 1920s.

“Professor Bertrand Green has a vast knowledge of African culture and history,” said McLaurin. “He has traveled extensively in Africa and has acquired a great deal of African artifacts over the years – paintings, wooden sculptures, musical instruments, and attire.

“It is inspiring to watch him captivate the audience with a mix of humor, storytelling and audience participation while opening their eyes about the significance of African art, culture, and history,” McLaurin added.

Sculptures, paintings
Professor Green’s selections that were presented on Egypt took into account sculptures, paintings, architecture and the treasures of Tutankhamun, who is commonly known as King Tut.

Ethiopia’s dual religious heritage of Judaism and Christianity turned Professor Green’s focus to the monolith, stone churches, which are found in the northern Ethiopian city of Lalibela.

Archaeology has determined that the Yoruba people in Nigeria date back prior to 1000 C.E. Professor Green discussed the famous Nok terra cotta sculptures, which date back prior to 900 B.C.E. Many of these heads resemble the aspects of the Egyptian sculptured heads. Professor Green offered other discussion, an artifacts exhibition, and a Q & A session.

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation brings the passion of the arts to the area with its initiation in 2004 with 806 founding members determined to broaden the public’s access of the arts. The foundation continues to grow with a single vision, to design and build a Center for the Arts that will establish the Palm Coast-Flagler area as a world-class forum for the performing, visual, literary, and graphic arts.

The foundation has already broken ground, and the free opening celebration will take place Dec. 3, noon to 5 p.m. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town Center.

Residents tell why they’re so thankful
Every moment of waking up is a bountiful thanksgiving. God has been faithful throughout the ages, and is reason to embrace an attitude of gratitude regardless of our circumstances. Our forbears used to say that God is better to us than we are to ourselves. And so, we’ve reached out to others for their take on the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Carolyn Able, a caterer and former supervisor for the Department of Social Services in Washington, D.C., affirms that “God has been good to me, and only by His grace and mercy that I am here.

“Even though I have a lot of health challenges, He has come through for me. I am thankful for life, health and strength, and to be surrounded by some wonderful people,” asserted Able.

“As a Realtor since 1994, I’ve met and worked with thousands of sellers, who were under financial hardship or failing health,” said Diana McKie Robinson. Thank God that my mother’s health is good, and she will celebrate 99 years in July 2017. I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful family and friends.

“I’ve witnessed buyers who live in our community, but celebrate the holidays alone. Often, my late husband and I would invite them to dinner and to worship with us, and we would invite them to the African American Cultural Society, or other event. We were blessed to become an active part of the community,” added Robinson.

“No doubt, you may recall that a single mom was living in hotels with her kids,” said Robinson.

“Pastor (Gillard S.) Glover was the only minister who obeyed the Word. “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3).

“I’m so proud to be part of the Flagler Family serving the needs when and wherever I can,” continued Robinson. “No amount of money can replace good health, but just enough wealth to cover shelter and food, and enjoy the peace in knowing that your work was accomplished because you love what you do. That’s why I am thankful.”

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Edwina “Pat” Smith, Nov. 24; Anne Phillips, Kian Jordan, Brandon Robinson, Nov. 25; and Lillian Robinson Duncan, Nov. 28.

Happy anniversary to Kilus and Betty White, Nov. 24; and James and Yolaine Goodridge, Nov. 25.

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