Arts and Culture

March First Friday marks seventh Black Wall Street Gallery art installment

By Casey McLerran

TULSA, OK — The March installment at the Black Wall Street Gallery, a subsidiary of Black Wall Street Arts, which opens Friday, March 1, features Stacie Monday and Marjorie Atwood.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the seventh installment in the Conciliation Series at the Black Wall Street Gallery, 101 N. Greenwood Ave.
The Black Wall Street Arts mission is to create platforms, grant access, and bridge the racial gap in Tulsa.

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Originally from Tulsa, Monday is a painter and activist inspired by and focused on the celebration of African American women in her community. Her work includes her individual struggles, experiences and lessons learned as a woman in America.

Monday focuses on promoting positive narratives of black women and paints to change the negative views and stereotypes that they face through storytelling and advocating equitable representation in visual culture.

Her has exhibited her work in art shows across the country. In 2018, she won 3rd place in acrylic art in the Lenora Rolla Black History Month show. She is currently the artist in residence at Sunset Art Studios in Dallas.

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Atwood is a contemporary artist who has been painting and exhibiting her work for the past 20 years. After graduating from Holland Hall High School in Tulsa, she moved to New York to earn a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College while also studying at Parson’s School of Design.

She hosted solo shows at the Holliman Gallery and the MA Doran Gallery in Tulsa and her work has been shown in exhibits in New York and Pennsylvania as well as in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Santa Fe, NM.

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Artistic director Dr. Ricco Wright said “conciliation” suggests mediating between parties at odds with one another. It also allows space for acknowledgment, apology, and reparation. 

“The Conciliation Series seeks to generate positive relations between, primarily, Tulsa’s black and white communities. Our shared history evidences the imperative of working collaboratively toward amicable, productive, and sustainable engagement,” he said.

This twelve-month series will pair black and white artists of various media to build personal and group relationships that cultivate meaningful, lasting bonds.

THE CONCILIATION SERIES UPCOMING EXHIBITS
March: Stacie Monday and Marjorie Atwood
April: nosamyrag and Austin Gober
May: MOLLYWATTA and Matt Phipps
June: Tailynn Tindall and Taylor Painter-Wolfe
July: Boomintree and Cheyenne Butcher
August: Melody Allen and Julianne Clark

PAST FEATURED ARTISTS
September: Alexander Tamahn and JP Morrison Lans
October: Monarch Jones and Andrea Martin
November: Diamond Walker and Laura Elisabeth Voth
December: Abdallah Alislam and Frida Cornelio
January: Elizabeth Feahther Henley and Nicole Donis
February: Christina Henley and Western Doughty

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