The city kicked off Black History Month by launching a new art exhibit at the Visit Columbia Welcome Center, which features several works by two local black artists.
The art exhibit, featuring works by Dr. Morgan Hines and Brad Anderson, will be on display throughout February.
Artwork will also be available for purchase directly from the artists.
Hines, a New York native with nearly 50 years of experience in dentistry, said his love of the art began as a child playing with clay, and his brother’s influence eventually led him to enjoy drawing, painting and sculpting.
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His passion for art has also led him to create what he calls “multidirectional”, a unidirectional work of art that can be viewed from multiple directions. Two-dimensional art can also become multidirectional by rotating it in different directions, each rotation giving the viewer a new way of perceiving it.
“My artwork is created in a way that gives the viewer many directions to look at,” Hines said.
Hines is also the founder and trainer of the Columbia Boxing Club, where he worked and trained young fighters for over 45 years.
Anderson, originally from Colombia, also discovered her love of art as a child. In a press release, he said his debut was rooted in a situation where he “bothered one of his sisters so much that she gave him paper and crayons telling him to draw something.”
Since then, Anderson has tried to draw whatever he liked, mostly comic and cartoon characters. Much of his artwork at the Welcome Center retained this theme, including watercolors of Iron Main and Captain America, as well as notable African American icons like Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis. .
Anderson would later take art classes at school and receive an arts and science degree from Columbia State Community College, with much of her work previously exhibited at the school’s Pryor Art Gallery, as well as various local businesses. He now practices a wide range of visual arts, from oil paints to colored pencils, design markers and airbrush.
Columbia’s director of tourism and marketing, Kellye Murphy, said it was the first of many exhibits to be presented at the downtown facility.
“Our exhibit wall was deliberately set up so we could do just that, which is to showcase local artists and their work. We want to do that year-round,” Murphy said.
The Visitor Center’s next exhibit, which opens in March, will focus on Women’s Appreciation Month. Murphy said there is currently a call for local female artists interested in having their work featured, which can be submitted any time before February 22.
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Get to know Dr. Morgan Hines and Brad Anderson
Two local African-American artists featured this month at the Visit Columbia Welcome Center (713 N. Main St.)
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