Artlab33 | Art Space gallery, located at 2085B NE 2nd Avenue, the only African American-owned gallery in Miami’s vibrant Wynwood art district, and the Kuumba Artists Collective of South Florida will host a closing reception for their combined “African Roots/American Fruits” and Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa art exhibitions on Thursday, December 30, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., in observance of the fifth day of the seven-day Kwanzaa holiday, in a celebration of thanks, togetherness, and purpose.
Nia (pronounced “NEE-ah”) is the Kiswahili word for Purpose, one of the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of traditional African community values which are at the heart of the Kwanzaa observance. Nia is defined as a commitment “to make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to our traditional greatness.” The production, promotion, and collection of original African World works of art, as sources of beauty, inspiration, and economic growth, are considered to be major contributions to that commitment.
“African Roots/American Fruits” is a history-making exhibition of new and recent works which brought an unprecedented Black presence to Wynwood during the heady days of Art Basel in Miami, and was a hit during the subsequent Second Saturday Gallery Walk. The exhibition was enhanced by the addition of several more works, many of them in the “affordable art” category for the gift-giving season, comprising the Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition.
Admission to Thursday’s Closing Reception is open and free to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and all pieces on display, representing more than a dozen artists, are for sale. For further information, please call 305-904-7620 or 786-260-2973.
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