LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For the past 10 years, Blake Bean has had the opportunity to showcase his artwork in the Angelina College Black History Month Exhibition.
“It’s somewhat amazing because to have that happen so early in my art career where Angelina told me that because I am black whatever I do is black history, that opened me up earlier on so that now I’m actually being more professional as an artist finding that it’s getting tighter and I’m allowed less to do those things," said Bean.
This year, Bean will showcase a portrait which is a part of his golden times series displaying the ills of African Americans.
“It was a commissioned piece, but I told them I would only do it if I could tweak it here and there. I changed the orientation to show the more divine aspect of the most high and our more vulnerable side of receiving that touch," said Bean.
Karen Christopher is a local artist from Nacogdoches and has also been a part of the showcase for several years by displaying her artwork in the form of storytelling.
“This year, I did a new technique they call it stippling, it’s a picture of Martin that I have done that is all big pen, a large picture 32 by 40 of him looking like I and I entitled that “Mountain Top Experience” because it’s the look on his face like I’ve already seen it," said Christopher.
Bean’s son will join him during the art show and Christopher’s granddaughter will also join her by showcasing her work.
They are hopeful that through their work and the generosity of Angelina College others will be inspired to chase their dreams through their artwork.
“Some people I want them to take away from I can do this, they look like me, they talk like me, I can do what they are doing,” said Bean.
The Black History Month Exhibition and Poets’ Showcase public reception will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Angelina Arts Gallery.
The exhibition will remain on display until February 27th. This event is free and open to the public.