Visual Arts Lecture

Juneteenth Art and Celebration—Jim Crow America and Me
Arvie Smith 
June 18 | 1:00- 2:30pm
Tuition: $15
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Juneteenth Art and Celebration: Jim Crow America and Me


Arvie Smith: left to right: Bacchus, Leda and the Swan, Narcissus and Echo, and Down in the River to Pray

Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for that state’s enslaved peoples. It has been celebrated ever since and was declared a national holiday in 2021. Like Juneteenth, Arvie Smith was born in Texas. In 1938, when he was born, segregation was common in Texas and throughout the United States, and he grew up experiencing the effects of deep prejudice. Through his paintings, Arvie Smith challenges his audience to confront historical and contemporary injustices. His paintings are bright, colorful, lyrically painted, ironic, celebratory, and searingly critical of society’s view of African Americans. We are honored to have Arvie Smith join us to present a comprehensive look at his paintings, and his life that formed them, on this Juneteenth weekend.

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  •  June 18, 2023
     1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lecture: Juneteenth Art and Celebration—Jim Crow America and Me


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.