Eloquent Visions: A celebration of black artistry debuts in downtown Plattsburgh (2024)

RACES... SHIFFRIN IS CURRENTLY NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD CUP STANDINGS. IN PROJECT COMMUNITY-- A NEW ART INSTALLATION is about to open in downtown Plattsburgh. NBC5'S BENNY NEZAJ shows us.... how the GALLERY... is look ELIZABETH MARQUES IS ONE OF SEVEN DIFFERENT CREATORS featured in a new exhibit at Plattsburgh's Strand Art Gallery: 'ELOQUENT VISIONS: HONORING THE RICH TAPESTRY OF BLACK ARTISTRY.' HER WORK INCLUDES PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES DEPICTING ROYAL KINGDOMS THAT USED TO EXIST IN AFRICA CENTURIES AGO... MARQUES calls it is A FORGOTTEN PART OF HISTORY - AND she aims to EDUCATE PEOPLE THROUGH HER CREATIONS.... (áááSOTááá) ELIZABETH MARQUES/ PLATTSBURGH ARTIST 12;16;29;05 - 12;16;57;14 <"IT WAS A VERY WIDELY RESPECTED TYPE OF CULTURE OVER THERE. AND NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN SORT OF DISBANDED OVER THE YEARS AND CENTURIES, PEOPLE TEND TO FORGET. SO, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING IT BACK INTO THE FOREFRONT."> (áááVOááá) THIS DIVERSE GROUP EXHIBITION AIMS to highlight TO BLACK ARTISTS WITH VARIOUS - ARTISTIC MEDIUMS DISPLAYED IN THE GALLERY - from PAINTINGS and SCULPTURES - to 2-D WORK AND MIXED MEDIA... SOME OF THE ARTWORK WILL BE available to buy - WHILE OTHER PIECES WILL STAY IN THE STRAND only FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW... WINOSHA STEELE - originally FROM THE CARIBBEAN - NOW WORKS AT THE STRAND WHILE ALSO CREATING HER OWN PIECES OF ART... SHE SAYS IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO SHOWCASE THIS WORK, ESPECIALLY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. (áááSOTááá) WINOSHA STEELE/ PLATTSBURGH ARTIST 12;09;39;11 - 12;09;52;19 <"I DO FEEL LIKE IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHOWCASE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR HERE AND MORE THAN YOU MAY THINK. AND WE ARE CREATIVE, AND WE ARE EXPRESSIVE, AND OUR ART SHOWS MORE THAN MEET THE EYE."> (áááVOááá) ARTIST THOMAS GREENE - RECENTLY MOVED TO PLATTSBURGH FROM NEW YORK CITY AND OPENED UP HIS OWN TATTOO PARLOR DOWNTOWN HE HOPES HIS ABSTRACT WORK WILL BRING MORE ATTENTION TO ART IN NORTHERN NEW YORK (áááSOTááá) THOMAS GREENE / PLATTSBURGH ARTIST "I think it's important for small communities like this to actually go to art school and want their art to be appreciated on a higher level." (áááVOááá) The artists involved HOPE visitors WILL not only SHOW INTERESTS IN THEIR WORK - but that it starts a conversation. (áááSOTááá) WINOSHA STEELE PLATTSBURGH 12;10;51;29 - 12;11;03;21 <"I REALLY HOPE THAT PEOPLE ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO COME. AND I HOPE THAT THEY ASK QUESTIONS AND NOT HOLD THEIR TONGUE BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF LIKE OFFENDING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT."> (áááSOTááá) ELIZABETH MARQUES PLATTSBURGH ARTIST "We just want inclusion. We really just want to be part of the place that we call home. And a place we respect and admire." (áááVOááá) "ELOQUENT VISIONS" IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC STARTING FRIDAY WITH AN OPENING RECEPTION FROM 5 TO 8 P-M AN

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Eloquent Visions: A celebration of black artistry debuts in downtown Plattsburgh

The exhibition showcases a diverse array of artistic mediums, from traditional paintings and sculptures to 2-D works and mixed media installations

A captivating new art installation is set to grace downtown Plattsburgh as the Strand Center for the Arts unveils "Eloquent Visions: Honoring the Rich Tapestry of Black Artistry." This exhibition, featuring the works of seven distinct creators, promises a journey through vibrant narratives and evocative expressions. One of the featured artists, Elizabeth Marques, presents a compelling narrative through her paintings and sculptures, which depict the royal kingdoms of ancient Africa. Marques passionately underscores the importance of remembering this often-overlooked aspect of history, aiming to educate viewers through her creations."It was a very widely respected type of culture over there. And now that it has been sort of disbanded over the years and centuries, people tend to forget. So, I would like to bring it back into the forefront," Marques said.The exhibition showcases a diverse array of artistic mediums, from traditional paintings and sculptures to 2-D works and mixed media installations. Some pieces will be available for purchase, while others will remain on display exclusively at the Strand Art Gallery. Winosha Steele, an artist originally from the Caribbean who now works at the Strand, emphasizes the significance of showcasing such work, particularly during Black History Month."I do feel like it’s important to showcase that there are people of color here and more than you may think. And we are creative, and we are expressive, and our art shows more than meet the eye," Steele said.Thomas Greene, another participating artist who recently established his tattoo parlor in downtown Plattsburgh, hopes his abstract works will contribute to raising awareness and appreciation for art in Northern New York."I think it’s important for small communities like this to raise more respect and awareness for kids in the North Country who actually want to go to art school and want their art to be appreciated on a higher level," Greene said.The artists involved in "Eloquent Visions" aspire not only to garner interest in their work but also to ignite meaningful conversations among visitors."I really hope that people encourage more people to come. And I hope that they ask questions and not hold their tongue because they are afraid of like offending or anything like that," Steele said.Marques echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the desire for inclusion and recognition within their community."We just want inclusion. We really just want to be part of the place that we call home. And a place we respect and admire," Marques said."Eloquent Visions" will be open to the public for free starting this Friday, with an opening reception from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run until Saturday, March 23.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. —

A captivating new art installation is set to grace downtown Plattsburgh as the Strand Center for the Arts unveils "Eloquent Visions: Honoring the Rich Tapestry of Black Artistry." This exhibition, featuring the works of seven distinct creators, promises a journey through vibrant narratives and evocative expressions.

One of the featured artists, Elizabeth Marques, presents a compelling narrative through her paintings and sculptures, which depict the royal kingdoms of ancient Africa.

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Marques passionately underscores the importance of remembering this often-overlooked aspect of history, aiming to educate viewers through her creations.

"It was a very widely respected type of culture over there. And now that it has been sort of disbanded over the years and centuries, people tend to forget. So, I would like to bring it back into the forefront," Marques said.

The exhibition showcases a diverse array of artistic mediums, from traditional paintings and sculptures to 2-D works and mixed media installations. Some pieces will be available for purchase, while others will remain on display exclusively at the Strand Art Gallery.

Winosha Steele, an artist originally from the Caribbean who now works at the Strand, emphasizes the significance of showcasing such work, particularly during Black History Month.

"I do feel like it’s important to showcase that there are people of color here and more than you may think. And we are creative, and we are expressive, and our art shows more than meet the eye," Steele said.

Thomas Greene, another participating artist who recently established his tattoo parlor in downtown Plattsburgh, hopes his abstract works will contribute to raising awareness and appreciation for art in Northern New York.

"I think it’s important for small communities like this to raise more respect and awareness for kids in the North Country who actually want to go to art school and want their art to be appreciated on a higher level," Greene said.

The artists involved in "Eloquent Visions" aspire not only to garner interest in their work but also to ignite meaningful conversations among visitors.

"I really hope that people encourage more people to come. And I hope that they ask questions and not hold their tongue because they are afraid of like offending or anything like that," Steele said.

Marques echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the desire for inclusion and recognition within their community.

"We just want inclusion. We really just want to be part of the place that we call home. And a place we respect and admire," Marques said.

"Eloquent Visions" will be open to the public for free starting this Friday, with an opening reception from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run until Saturday, March 23.

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