Wanda Ewing & Patty Talbert: Unapologetically Woman

by JoAnna LeFlore

March 2, 2017

 Wanda Ewing in studio. Photo taken by Dana Damewood

Wanda Ewing in studio. Photo taken by Dana Damewood

“I’m a proud Black Woman, And I’m Going to be Hard to Ignore” These are the bold words of the late Wanda Ewing draping the walls of the recent exhibition at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center. It sets the tone for the experience passing between Ewing’s artworks and local artist Patty Talbert in the adjacent gallery. The expectation when visiting both displays is to witness a different perspective on the identity of the woman as both Ewing and Talbert do effortlessly through their contemplative pieces.

Upon entering, guests can browse through artworks encompassing over a dozen canvases from Ewing’s collections “Bougie” (hypothetical magazine covers) and “Day and Night” (wallpaper series).

Patty Talbert’s collection entitled, “I Like Your Face - Positive Affirmations,” enters the realm of meditative thought and self-empowerment. If Ewing’s work personifies the image of the Black woman in a satirical fashion, making fun of the notion that nothing positive can come from this human perspective, then Talbert’s work signifies the attitude one should have when assessing the existence and positive potential of the human being.

 photo of exhibition by JoAnna LeFlore

photo of exhibition by JoAnna LeFlore

Patty Talbert in gallery. Courtesy of the artist.

If you decide to take a visit, the Loves Jazz is also offering a few workshops free of charge for all ages. These sessions are meant to further reveal the importance of understanding the self-image. Reservations are appreciated to these workshops, so be sure to call ahead and sign up.

Interactive Workshop Series:

Saturdays, March 4 and 18 - 11, 3-4 p.m.: “Art with Patty Talbert - Affirmative Word Series” | Participants explore the creative process and the step-by-step process of creating and mixing color, design, and choosing a one word mantra that represents Unapologetic Me.

Tuesdays, March 14 and 21, 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. (both days):  “Our Heritage DNA:  Unapologetic Faces” | Workshop Art Series with Artist Sharon Reed Wednesdays, March 15 and 22, 4-6 p.m.: “Standtall” with Program Director and Model Katie Raine | Young ladies will walk away with a new sense of confidence and self-esteem and a fresh sense of using this as unapologetic super powers!

Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Power of Words hosted by the City of Omaha Human Relations Department | Participants enjoy morning workshops and luncheon panel on Celebrating The Unaplogetic Woman and Black Excellence.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 p.m.: RED CARPET DANCE CELEBRATION | Closing Exhibit Celebration About the Loves Jazz & Arts Center: Located in the historic jazz and arts district, the Loves Jazz is a non-profit serving as an educational resource and cultural center honoring the legacy of Jazz legend Preston Love, Sr. They offer comprehensive African-American art exhibits and live jazz performances, and are also dedicated to cultural and historical preservation of African-American contributions.

 Patty Talbert in gallery. Courtesy of the artist.

Patty Talbert in gallery. Courtesy of the artist.