The ACP presents the exhibition “Reclaiming Life”, programs

“AFRICAN SKY”: This painting is part of “Recovering the Life and Art of James Wilson Edwards and a Circle of Black Artists,” on view Oct. 14-December 3 at the Arts Council in Princeton. The exhibition is accompanied by a full schedule of programs that begin on October 14.

The Princeton Arts Council (ACP) presents “Retrieving the Life and Art of James Wilson Edwards and a Circle of Black Artists: Rex Goreleigh, Hughie Lee-Smith, Selma Hortense Burke, and Wendell T. Brooks”, on view at the Taplin Galerie from October 14 to December 3. The exhibition reveals how black artists/teachers were integral and influential members of a predominantly white regional community in the last quarter of the 20th century. Although there have been significant exhibitions of contemporary black artists in recent years of efforts by museums and galleries to diversify, this is one of the first exhibitions to explore the historical context of where these artists emerged.

This exhibit focuses on five master artists of the late 20th century who lived and worked within 25 miles of each other in the geographic region of Princeton in New Hope, Pennsylvania: James Wilson Edwards, Rex Goreleigh, Hughie Lee- Smith, Selma Hortense Burke, and Wendell T. Brooks. These black artists represent a diverse and vibrant regional artistic community largely overlooked in the history of contemporary American art.

“Recovering the Life and Art of James Wilson Edwards and a Circle of Black Artists” is hosted by Judith K. Brodsky and Rhinold Ponder and will be accompanied by a full program of programs, including:

Collecting Art as an Act of Love—October 14, 4-5 p.m.: This panel discussion will feature the lenders of this exhibition composed almost entirely of works from private collections. Speakers will include collectors Lewis Tanner Moore, Mary Guess Flamer, Brenda and Lawrence Thompson, Joye and Scott Shepperd, Malcom Peyton and Barbara Winchester, and James Petrucci, hosted by Brodsky and Ponder. Free; at ACP, 102 Witherspoon Street.

Opening — October 14, 5-7 p.m.: Free; at the ACP.

Sandstone Bas-Relief Workshop — October 22, 1:30-5 p.m.: ACP Teacher Artist Fran Smith will have students create their own bas-relief in the style used by star artist Selma Burke. Burke was an American sculptor and member of the Harlem Renaissance movement, best known for her bas-relief of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many believe his relief portrait of the former US president, which hung in the White House in 1945, inspired the profile used on the penny that was minted in 1946. A bas-relief can be a portrait, a animal or object and is a low or mostly flat sculpture carved on a flat surface such as a wall or tile rather than a 3D sculpture. $25 material fee upon registration; at the ACP.

Family Saturdays — October 22, November 12, and December 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Family Workshops invite children and caregivers to learn, connect, and grow together through hands-on art experiences. Families are invited to discover the exhibition through artistic creation workshops without an appointment. By viewing, discussing and creating artwork together, families invest in the arts in personal and meaningful ways. All workshops are designed and led by artist-instructor Dr. Ronah Harris. Free; at the ACP.

For more information on other events through November, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.