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When: Jan. 14-Feb. 29 2008

Presented as an homage to Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, this year's Art of Living Black exhibit - which runs through the end of February at Richmond Art Center and Oakland's Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery - will features work by such Bay Area artists as TheArthur Wright, who uses laundry bleach in a pointillism style borrowed from 19thth-century French painter Georges-Pierre Seurat. His works include a luminous depiction of the Egyptian Queen Ma'at, and a reimagining of the California state steal that incorporates an image of the mythical Queen Califia. Launched more than a decade ago by Rae Louise Hayward, April Watkins, Hershell West, and the late Jan Hart Schuyers, the Art of Living Black will also include masks, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, photography, dolls, and even furniture. Through February 29 at the Richmond Art Center(2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond). The Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery (1515 Clay St., Oakland) will hold artist lectures and special performances every third Thursday to highlight the themes of the exhibit. This week's event features the UpSurge! Jazz Poetry Ensemble. 5 p.m. Oakland CuluturalArts.org -- - Rachel Swan


— Rachel Swan

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