Ms. Sassy Lucy, painting by Joseph Pearson.

Asheville Through Brown Eyes

The Asheville Area Arts Council is hosting “Asheville Through Brown Eyes” through January 11, 2019.

The exhibit highlights works created by Joseph Pearson, Cleaster Cotton, Valeria Watson, Noel Jefferson, James Love, Jenny Pickens, and Viola Spells, fine artists with an extensive knowledge of the history and culture of people of color in Asheville.

“Asheville Through Brown Eyes” offers an opportunity to learn more about this culturally rich treasure by fostering a greater awareness of how Black Asheville has long contributed, and continues to contribute, to a better Asheville.

Curator Joseph Pearson, a believer in the transformative potential of creativity to community life, says, “I have heard that there is a lack of diversity in the city. I have seen many different races and ethnic people, so my conclusion is that the diversity is here, a lack of integration of that diversity into mainstream Asheville is what I perceive as lacking. We hope to inspire a fresh look and appreciation for Asheville people of color. This exhibition is an opportunity to bring the Asheville communities together.”

“Asheville Through Brown Eyes” will be on display through January 11, 2019 in the main gallery of the AAAC Refinery, located at 207 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville.