KENTWOOD, Mich. — In observance of Black History Month, Woodland Mall will host over Valentine's weekend its first LOVE.ART.HISTORY. exhibit and screenings of “In Between the Trees,” a documentary about African American history in the U.S.
With themes of love, Black culture, and Black history, the pop-up art exhibit by ArtXchangeGR – a West Michigan art resources company – will acknowledge and celebrate local artists of color, Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day, according to a news release Monday.
Shoppers will be able to browse original works of fine art and reproductions available for purchase during the three-day exhibit.
It’ll be open during normal mall hours Friday through Sunday.
The free-to-attend show will be located in the mall’s center court between Kay’s Jewelers and Chico’s.
“We are honored to host this timely pop-up art exhibit to lift up local artists of color,” said Cecily McCabe, marketing manager for Woodland Mall. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase an amazing group of artists and their artwork, which will highlight Black culture and history. Please join us to show these artists some love.”
Artists who will be featured throughout the weekend include Octavia Thorns, Lowel Reynolds and Steven Reynolds.
ArtXchangeGR will hold a reception for all participating artists at the mall from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Across the hall from the exhibit, Rose Hammond will show her documentary, “In Between the Trees,” multiple times a day.
Inspired by her grandparents’ stories, Hammond’s film shares what life in Idlewild and Woodland Park, Michigan, was like for people of color, with the goal to educate youth and individuals about African American history in the U.S.
The film is a product of Hammond’s battle with depression and uncertainty during trying times.
“After seeing the racial justice events that occurred throughout our nation last year, many of us made a promise to educate ourselves,” McCabe said. “Presenting this documentary allows Woodland Mall to provide the opportunity for our community to continue engaging in these important conversations.”