The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG), of Dayton, Ohio, was born out of the need to express visually the African American experience through a wide range of styles and subject matter using many diverse approaches and materials with a focus on communicating the artist's own spirituality.
Shango Center for the study of African American Culture is pleased to present the Visual Voices 2021 exhibit titled: Black Life as subject Matter II. Black Life in all its manifestations is, indeed a worthy subject matter for creative expression by African-American visual artists in search of truth and beauty. The exhibit will run from February 15th - April 30th, 2021. Small group viewing by appointment during gallery hours 11 - 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday at the EbonNia 1135 W. Third Street, Dayton , OH 45402. The exhibit is also virtual via https://www.bingdavisartstudio.org. For more info call 937-223-2290.
Exhibit open Monday-Saturday, 9am to 4 pm, masks required. This exhibit is a one man exhibit of paintings by professional artist and musician, Clifford Darrett. Clifford is a charter member of AAVAG and is an elected officer of the General membership and the board of trustees as the Recording Secretary. The exhibit features his original paintings and giclee prints of his originals produced over a 20 year period. They are contemporary realism genre paintings featuring figurative, still lifes, landscapes and African American historical memorabilia. Clifford says all of his paintings were painted with Jazz music playing in the background. The reception will run from 3 pm to 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided and CDC guidelines will be followed for mask wearing and social distancing. To purchase art in this exhibit, direct inquiries to Andrea Walker Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 614-679-4015
AAVAG charter member, Clifford Darrett. born November 29, 1941. Birthplace, Evansville, Indiana and current resident of Jefferson Township. United States Air Force veteran and General Motors retiree of 32 years. A graduate of Sinclair Community College, Central State University and The University of Dayton with a Masters of Computer Science Degree. A 30 year member of AAVAG and a professional musician (percussionist) has played with many bands in the Dayton -Springfield area. Clifford is also a radio host on Dayton's only Jazz station, WDPS 89.5 FM, Thursdays, 11am to 1 pm and streaming online on computer, Saturday nights 10 pm to midnight on wdpsfm.com.