Celebrate Black culture, arts in Stroudsburg

Come one, come all.

Celebrate diversity in the Burgs at an art exhibit that celebrates Black culture Friday – Sunday at Create and Be Studio located at 8 N. 6th Street in Stroudsburg.

The event features new work by the hosts, Sylvia Thompson and Courtney Natt, who co-own Create and Be.

Paintings and photographs by Black artists, Donte Stokes, Tyronn Brewington, Ivy Fox and Courtney’s brother, Marcus Natt, will be also be display.

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Thompson and Natt are celebrating their third year of hosting Black Culture in the Burg, where artists of all backgrounds were encouraged to submit pieces for submission.

“Every year that we’ve done the Black culture event we’ve always included multi-cultural artists, so that all races are able to submit their work,” Natt said. “Black culture is American culture and so many things in America are influenced by Black culture. The point of the event is to celebrate and honor Black culture as a community together, because we represent a diverse community of artists and creatives.”

Local artist Stephanie Orellana will feature photographs that address mental health in the Black community, and Caren Shapiro and Albert Shivers will display works that support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The studio event is free, but attendees are encouraged to pre-register at bit.ly/3MYORvW

Thompson and Natt are looking forward to networking at the festivities as the pair canceled a exhibit in January (titled Renaissance) due to the pandemic. A date for that event, which will have live music, poetry readings and meditation sessions, is yet to be determined.

“With the town growing so much and people coming from the city we are open to collaborate,” Natt said. “and we are hosting another exhibition for the LGBTQ+ community in June and a mental health exhibition in July.”

They are also hoping to rent out the studio to fellow creatives and are offering services such as solo art exhibitions, open art studio sessions and virtual solo art exhibitions.

For info, go to bit.ly/3IbG8Tz

This article originally appeared on Pocono Record: Conversations about diversity: Celebrate Black culture in the Burgs

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