On Friday, Nov. 1, Thea Foundation will host its final Art Department quarterly series of 2019 featuring the work of Arkansas native Justin Bryant.

The exhibition is titled "Myriad Subtleties" and reflects Bryant's recent work using mixed media "to suggest a fugitive notion of blackness" and "[investigate] the past and present imagery of African-Americans to reflect a multi-contextual narrative of poetry, personal narrative and history."

Specifically, "Myriad Subtleties" was inspired by the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem, "We Wear the Mask."

"As a painter, I am interested in a similar methodology used by Dunbar in his poem," Bryant says. "This method makes as a concern how things are kept and dispersed in black culture; centering a protective sensibility."

The opening reception kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and tickets include hors d'oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar and the chance to win an original print by Bryant. His exhibit runs through Nov. 26.

Thea Foundation is located at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock, and gallery hours are 9 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information, call 501.379.9512 or visit the Art Department website.

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