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City of Las Vegas exhibits African American artwork ahead of Black History Month

Leftside PanOver Close Up by Joseph Watson
Shhh...Quiet copy by Q'Shaundra James
Pieces by Kerric Thomas
Posted at 9:22 AM, Jan 20, 2022

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The City of Las Vegas unveiled a new series of artwork as part of their annual African American Heritage Exhibition on Thursday ahead of Black History Month.

The exhibit is called "A Focus of Portraits." It showcases portraits by local Las Vegas artists including Q’shaundra James, Davianna Major, Kerric Thomas, Roy Thomas, and Joseph Watson.

"For us, it's really important to uplift all the voices and all of the perspectives of our community," said Ally Haynes-Hamblen, the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. "With February being African American History Month every year, we like to have an exhibition that goes up in January and then stays up well beyond February."

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Haynes-Hamblen said one of the most notable pieces of work is by artist Joseph Watson, who commissioned a series of portraits honoring the inductees to the Historic Westside Legacy Park.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is open now through April 14 on Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It's located on the second floor of the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery at 495 South Main Street.

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For more Black History Month events in the Las Vegas valley visit our list on ktnv.com/BlackHistoryMonth2022.

One of the artists on view at City Hall, Q'shaundra James, was also recently featured in our "How to Vegas" show, a weekly guide for things to see and explore in the Las Vegas area. Check out Q'shaundra's feature story on ktnv.com/Qshuandra.

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