Art on tap throughout February

Acts of Faith Selections from the Sutton Collection of American-African American Art will be at Grambling State University in Dunbar Hall for students and community members to enjoy.

William and Cheryl Sutton have been collecting art for some 20 years and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. The Suttons believe art is an important part of history and have opened up their collection to enlighten the community. 

The Suttons enjoy more than just still art, their patronage ranges from stage, film, street performance, visual arts and performing arts.

This exhibit will be on display through Black History Month ending Feb. 25.   

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists and discuss what inspired each piece. 

The gallery showcases the work of highly estimated artists from Louisiana and beyond.

Acts of Faith is a faith based display and showcases the works of Ruston native and self- taught painter Sarah Albritton; Vitus Shell, known for his artistic voice and fresh approach, and a former GSU professor; Drek Davis a current GSU professor recognized for his traditional and 3 dimensional art; Terence Williams who is gifted in drawing and explained the process of creating art in his video piece; Frank Kelley, internationally celebrated abstract and traditional painter, Ruston native and last but certainly not least Monroe native Don Cicone well known for his beautiful and vivid paintings.

Sarah Albritton got her start in art by winning an art competition as an amateur. Albritton will host her own art exhibition Sat. February 20th from 2-5 p.m. at 607 Lee Avenue, Ruston, La. Albritton leaves a blend of history and imagination in each piece that pushes the viewers to think.

Vitus Shell’s work entitled “The Good Bad Ugly” will be displayed through February 24th at the University of Louisiana Monroe in the Bry Art Gallery. 

Shell uses his unique vision to express and highlight the issues and topics that relate to and encompass today’s generation.

Frank Kelley’s work is on display year ‘round at his art gallery at 410 North 6th St. in West Monroe, La. Kelley has managed to truly master the business of the art industry.

Other scheduled events at GSU include: 

ν Conversations with the Artists, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.; 

ν Art on Purpose Creating a Lasting Legacy Collector’s talk with Cheryl Sutton, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.; 

ν African American Art History Lecture, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m.; 

ν African American Art History Class (Art 412), Jan. 11-May 13 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m.-3:50 p.m.; and 

ν Studio Visit from Drek Davis, Feb. 19 from 1-5 p.m.