A preview reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Darlene A. Moore, who was born in New Orleans and grew up in Mandeville, is a pastor, artist, writer, photographer and historian. Moore obtained a Bachelors of Art at Dillard University and a Master's of Divinity at Gammon Theological Seminary with concentration in Christian Education.
Moore is a pastor at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Opelousas. Moore's recent activities include Art Vanguard Gallery Baton Rouge(Bethany Centre-Africa), Dillard University Alumni House featured in University recent publication 2011 as Artist-Pastor, South Central Women's United Methodist Church Gathering-Artist for altar and bulletin design, African American Methodist Heritage Center Logo Designer and African American Pastor's Youth Summit-Artist bulletin cover design.
Moore loves expresses every day scenes in colorful ways using acrylics and mixed media in an impressionism manner.
Randell Henry decided to become an artist in the 6th grade at Scotlandville Elementary School in Baton Rouge. He went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Art at Southern University in 1979 and the M.F.A. degree in Painting from Louisiana State University in 1982. Henry has shown his paintings in art galleries in Baton Rouge for more than 25 years. He is an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery and Associate Professor of Art at Southern University.
Henry presently serves on the Board of Baton Rouge Gallery, DeBose Foundation, and Acts and Deeds Non Profit Organization. He is President of Black Artists' Network. Henry mixed media collages are made from paper, fabric, acrylic paint, paint sticks and pieces of hand painted canvas that he cut or tore and glues to a ground to express life as a creative artist.
Ronald B. Kennedy is a retired Professor of Visual Arts and Photography from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He has a Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Southern University and M.F.A. degree in Painting from Louisiana State University and an M.A. degree in Mass Communication from Southern University.
Kennedy curates numerous exhibitions, including Black History Month exhibitions, throughout the state of Louisiana. He also coordinates art education workshops for teachers and students in Hammond, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. He creates drawings, paintings, and photographs using African art as motif.
The works are mixed media and utilize irregular shaped canvases and rope. The shapes and hues are indigenous to African culture and use contemporary techniques and media to achieve a unique form of expression.
Kennedy has exhibited his works at many universities, galleries, and museums throughout the state of Louisiana. He has also exhibited his works in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Long Island, New York.
Ella Guillory is the first African American woman to receive a copyright for her Mardi Gras Beads Collection. She became fascinated with Mardi beads and saw an opportunity to use both the beads and her talent in the creative process. Guillory takes on ordinary object and uses her inventory and an assessment of beads to fashion the object into extraordinary work of art. Guillory resides in St. Landry Parish.
The Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3: p.m. For more information,call (337) 948-2589. Visit the center via Facebook or www.cityofopelousas.com