Bessie Smith Cultural Center exhibit celebrates 'Grits, Gals and Glory'

Bessie Smith Cultural Center exhibit celebrates 'Grits, Gals and Glory'

April 8th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Art

Vibrant paintings that celebrate the traditions, love, hospitality and tranquility of Southern women are featured in a new exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. "The Southern Way: Grits, Gals and Glory," which encompasses themes of spirituality, family and music, was developed by Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay.

"With more than 38 million African-American women living across the United States, there is something noticeably unique about African-American women from the South," Gay said in a news release. "I have been able to bring these distinctive characteristics to life in 'The Southern Way.' It is my hope that visitors will be inspired by this exhibition and will continue the conversation of traditions, speak to the myths and sing praises to the African-American women of the South."

The exhibit will be on view through June 24.

Bessie Smith Cultural Center is at 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, $3 for children ages 6-12.

For more information, call 266-8658 or visit