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NIAGARA FALLS – African-American artists from throughout Western New York will have a chance to exhibit their work and perhaps sell some of it during an African-American art exhibition from Feb. 16 through March 16 in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. at Portage Road.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 in the center, which is the former Niagara Falls High School building.

Bob Drozdowski, director of operations and marketing for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, said the center “is proud to host an African-American Art Exhibition that will showcase many talented artists from the Western New York area. To allow the exhibition to represent a wide range of artistic media, it will not be limited to a specific genre or medium; therefore, we will accept all two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art.

“The exhibit’s curator, Ray Robertson of Reggie Ray Productions, hopes to produce a show with greater depth than last year’s exhibit. We are hoping to reach a broader artist participation base, especially among young artists who do not have a history of exhibiting their work.”

African-American artists or craft workers are encouraged to contact Robertson at (716) 563-1692 or the cultural center office at (716) 282-7530 for more information or to enter the exhibition.

The exhibit will take place in the main gallery on the first floor of the cultural center, just inside the red door entrance. All work will be for sale and will include a 25 percent commission for the cultural center, often abbreviated as the NACC. The work must be original and made by the artist.

Customers who purchase art will be able to take their purchases with full payment at the end of the exhibition. Artists will pay an entry fee of $30, but there will be no limit on the number of pieces that can be entered. Potential exhibitors must submit an entry form to the NACC office by calling in advance.

Artwork may be dropped off at the NACC between Feb. 1 and 12, and may be picked up after the exhibit between March 17 and March 20. Hours for drop-off and pickup are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Other hours can be arranged by calling Robertson or Drozdowski at the NACC.

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