“Blood Rhythms, Strange Fruit” inspired by Shange and Simone
Art lovers may find themselves entranced by the latest art exhibition at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, “Blood Rhythms, Strange Fruit.”
The exhibit displays the work of Charlotte Riley-Webb, a painter and sculptor in abstract expressionism. Her use of vibrant colors captivates, attracting the eye’s attention and evoking the intense emotion behind the art.
The pieces in this exhibit are her visual interpretations of the poems from Ntozake Shange and songs from Nina Simone. Riley-Webb considers these two artists the most influential contributors to her inspiration.
An Atlanta native, Riley-Webb moved with her family to Cleveland, Ohio as a toddler. While there, she earned her B.F.A. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her education in art through practice and attending more classes over the years.
Her work has been featured in multiple museums across the United States, and over the years, her exhibits have traveled as far as South America, Suriname and Anguilla.
Charlotte Riley-Webb’s artwork will be at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. until Feb. 28.
To learn more about the artist and see her work, visit her website: charlotterileywebb.com