Willis “Bing” Davis is the curator of the Dayton Skyscrapers 2020 Visual Voice art exhibit on display at the Schuster Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Dayton Skyscrapers exhibition, featuring Dave Chappelle and John Legend, will be on view again

An art exhibition — unseen for months during the pandemic —will be on view again. 

The 2020 Dayton Skyscrapers Visual Voices show will debut for a second time at EboNia Gallery during Wright Dunbar Day, Sunday, July 5. 

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The show originally opened in February in the Schuster Center lobby, which has been closed during the pandemic. 

A portrait of Edythe Lewis by artist Al Harden. This piece is on display in the Dayton Skyscrapers 2020 Visual Voices art exhibition on display at the Schuster Center Wintergarden. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The Visual Voices exhibition showcases the work of 13 African-American artists with local ties. 

The artists have created portraits “about African-Americans from our region that stand tall in our hearts and minds for their achievements and giving back,” said exhibition curator Willis “Bing” Davis when the show opened. 

Among the artworks are portraits of Dave Chappelle and John Legend created by artist Abner Cope. 

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Other portrait subjects include Matilda Dunbar, the mother of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, NBA champion Norris Cole and actor Dorian Harewood. 

EboNia Gallery, 1135 W. Third St., will open Sunday, July 5 from 1-6 p.m. The gallery is also open Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

A portait of Noris Cole by artist Dwayne Daniel. This piece is on display in the Dayton Skyscrapers 2020 Visual Voices art exhibition at the Schuster Center Wintergarden. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Visitors must wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced. 

Wright Dunbar Day, hosted by the Entrepreneurs Marketplace, will be from 1 to 6 p.m. 

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Food trucks, vendors and a live DJ will be part of the event on Williams Street in the historic Wright Dunbar Business District. 

The participating artists are Abner Cope, Shon Curtis, Dwayne Daniel, Clifford Darrett, Gregg DeGroat, Horace Dozier, Sr., Al Harden, Lois Fortson-Kirk, Morris Howard, James Pate, Frances Turner, Yvette Walker-Dalton, and Andrea Walker-Cummings.

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