FAMU professor showcases artwork

Florida A&M has hosted a month-long celebration of two art exhibits at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, on display since Oct. 11.

On Friday, Oct. 29th, the gallery will be having a closing reception of two art exhibits. Diaspora: Cultural Insight Through the Leo P. Sam Art Collection, is held upstairs. The Color of Music: Blues and Jazz Themes, with paintings by Joe Roache, held downstairs.

“The Foster-Tanner Art Gallery has shows every few months or so,” Roache said. “But, this show is really unique in the fact that it’s going to be a joint show between myself, I’ll have some work in it, and there will be another level that will be a collection of Leo Sam.”

Roache, a professor in the art department, has been painting for over 30 years.

“For my exhibit, you’ll see paintings that basically have a theme of blues and jazz,” Roache said. “So there will be some art work that are pretty bright in color.”

According to Roache, The Color Of Music will showcase different paintings with acrylics, oils and some collage work as well.

For the Leo Sam collection, there will be art pieces of well-known black artists such as Charles White and Lev Mills.

The event is free and open to the public. Keeping in tune with the theme, guests will be able to enjoy jazz music and refreshments will be served.

“It’s a good chance to see some really good art work from some well-known artists,” Roache said.

The reception will be from 6 – 8 p.m. There will also be a special Homecoming exhibition preview Sunday October 24th from 3 – 5 p.m.

For any more information, contact Aha Roache at (850) 599-8755.