African-American art takes center stage

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Steve Grossman calls this exhibit a cooperative effort.

It truly is.

The Selma Art Guild and The Frame Shoppe, owned by Grossman and his wife, Laura, will present exhibits of African-American art, beginning today through Monday, as part of the 15th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

But there&8217;s an extra treat. Recently, the Grossmans went to Gee&8217;s Bend and asked the artisans there for some of their world-famous quilts. The quilt makers agreed.

The Selma Art Guild has as its feature

artist of the month Herbert &8220;Mannie&8221; Pair III, a native of Mobile.

Pair

produced the &8220;Fabric of the Past&8221; Heritage Art Series to pay homage to his ancestors, who lived and worked in Dallas County. Each piece represents someone in his family and is based during the period from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

A bevy of other artists also will be exhibited at the Selma Art Guild Galley and The Frame Shoppe.

Some of those artists include: Robert Bains, Nate Brown, Frank Hardy, Charlie &8220;Tin Man&8221; Lucus, Lafawnda Watson and Tammy White.

The Frame Shoppe, 1124 A Water Ave., is located next to the St. James Hotel and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Selma Art Guild, 508 Selma Ave., will be open Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.