California artist Milton Bowens in First Atlanta Solo Exhibition at Avisca Fine Art Gallery

Avisca Fine Art gallery proudly announces the opening of “Stitches in Time,” an exhibit by Milton Bowens, on Friday, September 12, 2008 from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will feature Bowens’ current series of over 40 mixed media works, which draw on the visual tropes of African-American quilting, and offer a profound commentary on the universal striving for freedom, love, and hope. The exhibition will run at Avisca Fine Art gallery from September 12, 2008 through Friday, October 3, 2008.

Metaphorically and aesthetically rooted in the African-American tradition of quilting, each piece in “Stitches in Time” is a tapestry of a history, politics, music, and faith that is African American, but is also decidedly American. The images in this exhibition powerfully evoke American Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and sketch a political heritage from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama. Bowens’ work not only reflects on the American past but also on the potentiality of America’s future.

A native of California, Bowens began his formal art training at the Renaissance Art School in the city of Oakland. After high school, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts, but after a year enlisted in the United States Armed Forces where he became an illustrator. Bowens continued his education in the Arts, attending both Austin Peay State University, TN and Fayettevile State University, NC while serving his tour of duty in the military. He has been the subject of twenty solo exhibitions since 1992, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Avisca Fine Art will host an informal afternoon of conversation with the artist on his work and on the topic “Art, Dialogue and Community” on Sunday September 14 at 3 pm.

Avisca Fine Art is a contemporary fine art gallery that showcases work by emerging and mid-career African American artists, and artists from the Caribbean and Latin American. Through regular exhibitions, outreach, and related educational programs the gallery is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the Marietta community and the southeast region.

Event Date:
Friday September 12, 2008
6 pm to 9 pm
(Open and free to the public)

Place:
Avisca Fine Art Gallery
507 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm or by appointment

Contact: Byrma Braham
Tel.: 770.977.2732 – Fax: 770.509.0598
E-mail: contact@aviscafineart.com
www.aviscafineart.com

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