Danville’s Village Theatre and Art Gallery will start off the new year with an art installation featuring the talents of Bay Area artists who are of African descent, when it opens its newest exhibit, “Art of the African Diaspora” on Jan. 16.
Brought to downtown Danville through the theater’s partnership with the Richmond Art Center, the exhibition will feature a variety of mediums from the 24th annual "Art of the African Diaspora" Exhibition -- formerly titled the "Art of Living Black" -- which showcase the art, history and cultural richness of the African Diaspora.
Co-founded by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and the late Rae Louise Hayward, the event is organized by the Art of Living Black Steering Committee, which town staff say “is a dedicated group of established Bay Area artists whose mission is to preserve and expand the vision of Hart-Shuyers and Hayward by supporting emerging, mid-career and established artists of African descent.”
A soft opening will be held at the Village Theatre on Jan. 16, during which time residents can view a screening of filmmaker Cheryl Fabio’s award-winning documentary "Evolutionary Blues" -- a documentary about West Oakland’s music legacy -- followed by a question and answer segment. Doors will open at 6 p.m. followed by the movie screening at 7 p.m.
A closing reception will be held on Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which time Refreshments will be served, and attendees can enjoy live jazz provided by local musician David Goodlet.
The Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front St., is open to visitors Wednesdays through Fridays from 12-5 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. The gallery is closed on Sundays. Admission is free.