When is a bag more than merely a bag
DAYTON To honor Black History Month, many visual art venues are showcasing the talents of area African Americans. If you want to shake off the winter blahs, go see “Bags, Rags and Brooms” by Delora Buford Buchanan and Jacobee Buchanan at Fifth Third Center.Buford Buchanan takes ordin free run 2 ary brown paper bags and crafts them into whimsical, playful figures in a vast array of joyful poses. The long legged females will dance, spin and leap into your soul, warming it considerably.”Delora’s ‘Bags, Rags and Brooms’ display is awesome. I’ve had more people come in to comment about her exhibit than I’ve had with any other artist,” said gallery coordinator Arleen Brothers. People just love it. They can’t believe what she can do with such basic supplies. She has a unique ability to create very different characters, each with their own personality.”Some of these whimsical creatures are ballerinas or contemporary dancers. These are a reflection of her daughter, Jacobee.The younger artist is presenting her abstract paintings, many of which reflect the patterns or hues of her mother’s figures nearby. She specializes in diptychs, triptychs and other multiples.Buford Buchanan teaches art at Fairbrook Elementary in Beavercreek. Sh free run 2 e was recently cast in “Miss Saigon” at La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro.Other BlackHistory Month exhibitsAAVAG Black History Month Exhibit: The African American Visual Artists Guild is featuring artwork by its members. The theme is “Black Contrib free run 2 utors to American Communities.” Through Feb. 28 at the RTA Cultural Center, at West Third and Edwin Moses Boulevard. For more information, call Abner Cope at (937) 274 3358.”Afro Centric”: Paintings by Clifford Darrett reflecting the rhythm, culture and dance of the African Diaspora to America. Through Feb. free run 2 27 at Cachet G! Gallery and Emporium, 133 E. Third St., Dayton, (937) 275 2465.Generational Art: Willis Bing Davis and Derrick Davis exhibit contemporary works in the cultural motif through Thursday, Feb. 18. Tuesday through Thursday at Visceral Gallery, 65 W. Franklin St., Centerville.