The 10th Anniversary works:
“Judge Russell Luther Carter, Skyscraper” by Abner Cope
Cope portrays the compassionate visage of Judge Russell Carter as he looks down from the bench in a 24-by-20-inch oil painting. He was appointed to the Dayton Municipal Court in 1953, and served on the Dayton Civil Service Board from 1966-1974.
“It was documented in Judge Russell Luther Carter’s obituary that ‘he lived his life so that future generations would no longer have to be distinguished as the first black this or that, but as the best at whatever they sought to achieve,” said Cope.
“What Goes Around, Comes Around” by Frances Turner
The profiles of Ethel Prear and Exine Prear-Wilson, mother and daughter, stand out in the colorful, 42-by-32-inch fiber/mixed-media work.
Ethel Prear raised four children in the Wright-Dunbar district with her husband, Dr. Robert M. Prear. She worked with the Urban League and the NAACP, and became the first African-American to run for the Dayton Board of Education. She was a member of Greater Allen AME Church, a licensed evangelist, and founder of the Southern Ohio Lay Council.
Exine Prear-Wilson worked as a registered nurse at the Dayton VA Center for 25 years, and was awarded the National Nurses Association “Nurse of the Year Award” in 1970.
“From Classical to Funk” by Andrea Walker Cummings
The 42-by-32 textile piece depicts Charles Spencer with piano keys for a tie, amid a trumpet and musical score backdrop.
He taught vocal music in DPS and played with artists like Aretha Franklin and The Temptations when they visited Dayton.
“Spencer’s life achievements come not in multiple awards and public recognition, but rather from his impact on the students he sent out into the world,” wrote Cummings.
Other works in the exhibit:
“The Black Eagle,” oil on canvas of Joe Madison by Morris Howard; acrylic “Too Suave to be the Lion #1” and graphic pencil “Too Suave to be the Lion #2” of Ted Ross Roberts by Yvette Walker Dalton; “The Golden 13 Connection,” a large-scale oil about George Clinton Cooper by Clifford Darrett; “Ancestral Spirit Vessel for William McKnight Farrow,” mixed media by Bing Davis; “Lift up my Eyes Unto the Hills,” a clay likeness of Reverend Dr. Charles Brown by Lois Fortson; “Through the Years with Roy Meriwether,” digital work by Craig Screven; “Still Present!” a digital painting of Hallie Quinn Brown by Dwayne Daniel; “Boikai Twe Scrapes the Sky,” digital media by Kevin Harris; and “Blackballed Totem Drawing: Roger ‘The Rajah’ Brown,” by James Pate.
WANT TO GO?
What: 2017 Dayton Skyscrapers: 10th Anniversary Exhibit
Where: Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. 2nd St.
When: Through March 31
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
More Info: 937-223-2290, victoriatheatre.com