Rhythms of My People: Blackness in Three Moods

Clockwise from top left: “Jumping at the Savoy,” “Jam Session,” “Wading in the Water,” James Noel, “Continuity,” “Ritual.”

James Noel, local artist and former local resident, will be exhibiting his work at the Hannah Gallery in Marin City. The opening reception will be on March 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. The exhibit will continue through April 30. Special guests at the opening will include best selling author and jazz critic Paul Libertore, the Jerome Clay Ensemble and the New Liberation Gospel Choir. Noel is a professor of American Religion and is H. Eugene Farlough, Jr./ California Chair of African American Christianity at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City and currently pastors at the New Liberation Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Noel is also a scholar, 7th Dan Tae Kwon Do Master and an accomplished painter. He says his paintings “contemplate, celebrate, and represent the African Diaspora’s social/religious/cultural experiences in North America, the Caribbean, and South America…. I want to capture the beauty and dignity of Black folk as a reality as well as an ideal.” The Rhythms of My People: Blackness in Three Moods is the first of three exhibitions in the Hannah Dream Weaver Series that will focus on art and cultural expression from the African Diaspora. The Hannah Project is an education and cultural arts organization that works to improve achievement and college graduation rates of low-income students and operates the gallery as a venue to celebrate cultural and artistic expression. The Hannah Gallery is location at 170 Donahue St. (Next to Best Buy) in Marin City and is open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday to Saturday from 12:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For information go to www.thehannahproject.org or call (415) 419-1605.
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