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Black History Month celebrated

Local art show and exhibit honors America’s many ethnic groups

Posted: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Lon Goudey of Val Verde examines a series of artwork titled "Chit-Chat" by artist Joyce Howard on display at the "A Celebration of History & Art in Diverse Cultures" all-media art show held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall on Saturday. (Dan Watson/The Signal)

Local artists and county officials joined forces Saturday for an art show and exhibit at William S. Hart Park to celebrate Black History Month.

The major component of the exhibit was a collection of historical photographs put together by Albert Ewing Jr., a recreation services leader with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Though the event meant to mark Black History Month, Ewing said he wanted to put together an exhibit that honored the culture and history of America’s diverse ethnic groups.

The end result is an exhibit titled, “We Are Americans — A Celebration of Diverse Histories and Cultures,” that features information about African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos.

“I wanted to have something where people would be educated as well as entertained,” Ewing said.

In addition to the historical items, local artists also contributed work to display in the exhibit.

Newhall artist Olga Kaczmar said showing her work at the exhibit was a “joy.”

“Every time there’s a display here I try to contribute and support it,” Kaczmar said.

Castaic artist Nancy Degan contributed several of her paintings to the exhibit.

“I think it’s good for people to be recognized for the place they have in history,” Degan said. “It’s important to try and recognize the historical role of these different groups.”



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