Arts and Culture

Elizabeth Henley’s Art is featured in 5th Installation of the Conciliation Series

Black Moon Founder Featured at the Fifth Installment of the Conciliation Series

TULSA, Okla. — Through September 2019, Black Wall Street Gallery features The Conciliation Series, where a black artist and a white artist are paired for a monthly interracial joint exhibition in an effort to bridge the gap toward conciliation in Tulsa.

Black Wall Street Gallery, a subsidiary of Black Wall Street Arts, will launch the fifth installment in the Conciliation Series featuring two artists:

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Nicole Donis is a practicing artist and film photographer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nicole studied Sociology at Rogers State University and through photography, she’s able to explore social and cultural issues on a deeper level.

Having grown up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, she draws inspiration from the strong Native culture present in the town. Nicole was first introduced to film photography through the works of Tulsa artists Larry Clark and Gaylord Oscar Herron. She’s drawn to the depth, honesty and rawness that film photography can provide.

Nicole has exhibited her works in various shows through Living Arts, Mainline and TAC Galleries. Her photos have been published in Tulsa People and Urban Tulsa.

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Elizabeth Feahther Henley, founder of the Black Moon artist collective, is an artist born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University very briefly for interior design, but has been creating art for the past 8 years.

It was only within the last two, that she began to display her work publicly. She creates art — in her words — as a form of expression, communication, therapy, escape, and need.

Currently, she is exploring themes of strength, afro-futurism, and femininity. She enjoys using vivid color, sci-fi imagery, and mediums like acrylic and oil pastels. As an artist, her intention is to inspire, uplift, and empower the viewer of her pieces. She values the importance  of representation and what it means.

If it means holding space for individuals like herself, even for a tiny moment in the vast scope of what has been the historic artistic dialogue for centuries, it is worth it to her.

She believes art can be a healing element, that broadens, challenges, and provokes us to visually process concepts beyond ourselves. To question our point of view and perceptions on life.

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The gallery is located at 101 N. Greenwood and opens the installment at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.

About The Black Wall Street Arts

Black Wall Street Arts is a non-profit organization [with a pending 501(c)(3)] that houses Black Wall Street Gallery, Black Wall Street Theatre, Black Wall Street Visual Arts Agency, Black Wall Street Creative Arts Agency, and The Black Wall Street Education Initiative. Our mission is to create platforms, grant access, and bridge the gap in Tulsa.

Contact: Ricco Wright, Black Wall Street Arts, ricco@bwsarts.org | 918-521-8201

Kimberly Marsh-MacLeod, kmarshmacleod@gmail.com | 918-691-3648


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Casey McLerran is the Literary Editor at the Black Wall Street Times. She is a Sooner State transplant from Forest Hills, NY. McLerran arrived in Oklahoma at the age of three shortly after gentrification displaced her and her family out of their home in New York. At first glance, many think they have McLerran figured out. To be frank, she’s a biracial American young woman that unapologetically embraces her half-African identity — a feminist-womanist she is. Her pen operates as her voice as well as her sword. Her accolades include the 2018 Rural Oklahoma Poetry Museum’s Oklahoma Poem Award, a business management degree, and her three beautiful children. Her objective with the Black Wall Street Times is to elevate and amplify the literary art of modern black American culture, pay tribute to African-American literary trailblazers, all while simultaneously linking and introducing children to the world of colorful American writers.

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