|Kova and Friends by Leonard Wilkinson
Deptford Twp. – Gloucester County College will commence its Black History Month Celebration with the opening reception of the LINKS, Inc. “Festival of Arts” show Saturday, Jan. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The annual exhibit, sponsored by the South Jersey Chapter of LINKS, Inc., commemorates Black History Month by showcasing the talents of prominent African-American artists. This year, more than a dozen individuals from as near as Millville and as far as Washington, D.C. will display a wide range of work, including three founding members of the Philadelphia-based Sharp With Art Group (SWAG).
Featured artists from New Jersey are Theodore Bryant, Lawnside; Sonia Figueroa, Millville; Eddie Fontno and H. Alonzo Jennings, Willingboro; Gary Moore, Hammonton; Leon Rainbow, Trenton; and Leonard Wilkinson, Egg Harbor Township.
Participating out-of-state artists include Jennifer Hudnell, Washington, D.C.; Cyril “Stylez with Smilez” Bullard, Kira Dixon and Haneef “Neef” Robinson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Joel “Jae Martin” Cox, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and Toni Kersey, Springfield, Pa.
In addition, Gregory Love, of Deptford, will perform a repertoire of music. Love studied at the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. He also is the owner of Love’s Music Productions, Inc.
Love has played at a variety of public events honoring such individuals as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, Civil Rights advocates Correta Scott King and Jesse Jackson; actor-entertainers Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Cosby and Ray Charles; and film director Shelton “Spike” Lee.
LINKS, Inc. is an international not-for-profit corporation comprised of 12,000 professional women of color dedicated to volunteer service. For more than four decades, it has collaborated with Gloucester County College and has provided a $1,000 Legendary LINKS Scholarship to deserving students.
The show will run until Friday, March 8 in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery, located in the GCC College Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 856-415-2236.
GCC’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.