Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:59 PM
Boykin Center to feature paintings
See them at African-American Music Trail concert Feb. 2
By Lisa Boykin Batts | Times Life Editor
Anyone who attends the African American Music Trail concert featuring The Monitors next week at the Boykin Center will also get a chance to view a collection of paintings by Spencer Lawrence.
The paintings are from Lawrence’s blues series and focus on the church. For the series, Lawrence used ink, color pencil and watercolors.
The dozen paintings exhibited at the Boykin Center include images of people clapping, singing and praying. One of the more powerful images shows a woman’s tear-stained face.
Barry Page, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilson, said the paintings have been well received by everyone who has seen them so far. He encourages anyone who wants to see them outside of a Boykin Center show date to call the Arts Council at 291-4329 to arrange a time to drop by. The show is expected to remain on exhibit through February.Several clubs have already made plans to see the paintings, he said.
Lawrence was born in South Bronx, N.Y., and studied at the Art Career School, School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree while on a full scholarship. He lived in Goldsboro for awhile but is now in Atlanta, Page said.
Lawrence was commissioned by Miller Brewing Company in 1990 to paint a series of black authors, which was also featured in a calendar. His subjects included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Tony Morrison.
Page said Lawrence is now documenting people included in the African American Music Trail, which recognizes outstanding musicians in Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties.
Next week’s events will include a reception and forum Friday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wilson Arts Center. The event is free followed by a performance by The Monitors the next night at 7:30 p.m. at the Boykin Center. Tickets for the Feb. 2 concert are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 291-4329 for more information.
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