In celebration of Black History Month, the Community Folk Art Center presents the art exhibit, “Stories My Grandmother Told Me,” featuring New Jersey-based artist Lavett Ballard.
Ballard’s use of imagery reflects social issues affecting the African American experience within a historical context. Her current body of work layers collaged photos, adorned with paint, oil pastels, and metallic foils, on reclaimed, aged wood fences. The fusion of wood and photography offers artwork that explores her southern roots and speaks to themes in her community. In March 2020 Ballard’s painting “1955 The Bus Riders” was commissioned by Time Magazine to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
This event was first published on January 27, 2021 and last updated on January 28, 2021.