By: Dias Dobson, Harvey B. Gantt Center
Experiencing my first opening weekend with the Gantt Center was truly amazing. Being in the presence of the creative genius that is Johnathan Green and David Herman, Jr. were among the many highlights of my weekend.
To be in the company of a world renowned artist and discuss the world, religion, and the history of African-Americans from the perspective of the Lowcountry Gullah native was incredible. He stressed the importance of African-Americans exploring their Southern roots as well as the major role rice has played in American history. When talking with Jonathan Green there was never a dull moment, whether he was providing me with life advice, an impromptu history lesson or referring to me as Flo of the Supremes. Jonathan Green’s personality was almost as colorful as his exhibit A Spiritual Journey Of life.
Etched in the Eyes, an exhibit of deep introspection and self-expression of David Herman, Jr. definitely resonated with me. His exhibit speaks volumes on who he is and where he’s come from. When talking with David there was always an air of deep insight in his words. During his gallery talk the up-and-coming artist and photographer spoke on the importance of home, the rice culture and his Lowcountry roots.
Spring 2013 opening day activities were great compliments to the Low country Gullah Geechee exhibits. The Alfreda Johnson Sweet grass basket demonstration, the Gallery Talks from each artist; and the documentary, What Language Do You Cry In, created a wonderful experience for all who attended. Being able to host and interact with the artists as well as contribute to the success of the Gantt Center’s 2013 spring exhibits opening weekend was truly a privilege.