Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild Gallery Coming to Civic Center in March

Posted on Monday Feb 20, 2012

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild, in partnership with the City of Evanston, will be displaying art work soon in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. The donated art work from the Guild representing the Black Experience will be on display in the second floor Meeting Room, Room 2200, on a rotating basis.

The Guild has agreed to donate artwork to the meeting room gallery. The gallery will be accessible during regular city business hours. The opening of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild Meeting Gallery Room marks the beginning of a new initiative by the City of Evanston to use the Morton Civic Center as a place for more regular exhibits of art that hallmark the Evanston community.

The public is invited to an opening reception for the new exhibition at the Morton Civic Center gallery on Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The Fleetwood –Jourdain Art Guild is the first Evanston minority, non-profit Arts Corporation of its kind. The Guild has been instrumental in the conservation, preservation and documentation of Evanston Black history through the creation of a museum and gallery on the second floor of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster Street. The gallery has served as a source of pride and ethnic identity for the community.

The event is sponsored by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild and the City of Evanston. The exhibition is free and open to the public from March 26 to April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibition visits can be arranged by contacting Shanee Weston at 847/448-8266 or by email at sweston@cityofevanston.org.

Exhibition artists: Richard Halstead, Raymond Chen, Jan Spivey Gilchrest, Jay S. Sperman, A. Terrell, Jag, Martin Mancera, and many others.

Exhibition organizers: Patricia A. Vance, Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild President; Britany Scurry, Interior Designer Intern; Wally Bobkiewicz; Shanee Weston; and Betsy Jenkins.