Opening Reception for Soul Revival- Saturday May 1, Meroe Art Gallery – Baltimore

27 Apr
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Natasha Brown
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Introducing Soul Revival: A Poetic and Visual Experience of Renewal
Art Exhibit May 1-August 1 at the Meroe Art Gallery in Baltimore
Opening Reception Saturday May 1, 6 to 9 p.m.
(Baltimore, MD) – Renew your soul this season during “Soul Revival: A Poetic and Visual Experience of Renewal. “ This art and poetry exhibit, co-sponsored by Meroe Art Gallery and Authentic Contemporary Art, opens on May 1 and extends through August 1 at the Meroe Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. The free opening reception is on Saturday, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring poetry performances and visual art presentations from some of the most-accomplished and creative artists and poets on the East Coast. The Meroe is located at 1623 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21217.
One of Baltimore’s own, Nina “Lyrispect” Ball will be returning home from Philadelphia to perform for the opening reception of Soul Revival.  Also performing are nationally-recognized spoken-word artists including Dehejia Maat, Stephanie Renee, Bonnie MacAllister, Cherrie Amour and Allan King.  Poets in the exhibition wrote pieces inspired by the artwork on display. The opening reception will reflect a powerful visual and poetic call for renewal that we hope will inspire everyone.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to curate a show featuring emerging visual artists and poets in the metropolitan, Washington-Baltimore area. The opening reception on May 1 will feature emerging visual artists and various types of art, from abstract to realism. In addition, guests will enjoy spoken-word performances by some of the East Coast’s most-prolific poets,” said Curator Sharon Burton, Founder of Authentic Contemporary Art.

Visual Artists (Authentic Contemporary Art):
Jade Andwele
Prudence Bonds
Sharon Burton
Keisha Carroll
Marshetta Davis
Sherria Green
Darren Jackson
J’Nell Jordan
Nilja Mumin
Heather Schmaedeke
Marcel Taylor
James Terrell

Other Visual Artists (Meroe Art Gallery):
Darryl Bennett
Teresa Gray
LaShell Rivers

Poets and Spoken Word Artists:
Cherrie Amour
Nina “Lyricspect” Ball
Marguax Delotte-Bennett
Victoria Durham
Amy Jackson
Alan King
Dehejia Maat
Bonnie MacAllister
Stephanie Renee

Connect with a world of art:
Visit Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA) online at or follow ACA on Twitter  Learn more about the Meroe Art Gallery at
About Authentic Contemporary Art
Authentic Contemporary Art (formally Authentic Art Consulting) was founded in 2005 and now serves as an alternative source for emerging and contemporary art. Based in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA) creates opportunities for art collectors and emerging contemporary artists to connect through exhibitions and through a juried online art gallery. We also work with a variety of design and art professionals to find the right artwork to fit the right space.
ACA also provides opportunities for individuals who are interested in visual art to learn more about collecting and conserving art through workshops, gallery visits and special events. ACA partners with a variety of art and interior design professionals and organizations to present contemporary art that is accessible and affordable to the novice collector and attractive to established art connoisseurs.
About Meroe art Gallery/ The West Baltimore Center for Urban Art
The West Baltimore Center for Urban Art is a center for artistic expression and culture in the West Baltimore community.  The center serves as a haven where emerging and established artists can create and present their work. WBCUA artists also interact with the local community to assist them in appreciating the visual arts and expressing their own artistic potential. The center is located in a three story row-house at the corner of North and Pennsylvania avenues, adjacent to the Historic Arch Social Club and the Penn-North Subway station. 
This area was at one time the nexus for African-American culture and artistic expression in the city of Baltimore, and there are several ongoing initiatives to revitalize this area.   The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is within walking distance from the WBCUA.  The center is easily accessed by bus, car, or subway.

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