CRENSHAW : Art Exhibit for Black History Month Is Largest in Nation


The 12th annual Artists’ Salute to Black History Month, the largest exhibit of black art in the country, opened Wednesday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

More than 150 exhibitors from 22 states are displaying paintings, ceramics, sculptures, quilts, lithographs, serigraphs, drawings, wearable art and mixed-media works on the plaza’s two levels.

Several opportunities to chat with artists are planned. Among those exhibiting are Synthia St. James, William Tolliver, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Sylvia Walker, Albert Mukasa Williams and Varnette Honeywood. A “Legends” exhibit will feature works by Benny Andrews, Claude Clark, Samella Lewis and Charles White. Painter Jacob Lawrence will conduct a symposium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


This year’s theme is “Our Children . . . Our Hope.” Exhibit coordinator Barbara Wesson has planned several children’s events, including storytelling sessions, crafts workshops, mask-making workshops, mime performances, juggling and a parade Sunday.

“I want to honor more than just specially gifted children, but those who are really trying and improving,” Wesson said of the parade and ceremony. “We’re recognizing 200 ‘most improved’ kids from neighborhood schools to give more young people a nod of appreciation.”

The exhibit will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information: (213) 939-0250.