Charles Mills, Denise Collins & Edith Humphreys ~ painting & sculpture (Feb. 8 – March 15, 2014)

The Composer by Charles Mills, Acrylic on Canvas

The Composer by Charles Mills, Acrylic on Canvas

(EAST GALLERY) New York-born artists Charles N. Mills, Edith Humphreys and Denise Collins shared more than a love for the arts – they also shared a bloodline and desire to create art that resonates with the soul and the past.  The patriarch of the family, painter Charles Mills, who painted the entrance mural at Sistrunk Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale and passed away in October, 2013; his daughter, the sculptor Denise Collins; and his late niece, painter Edith Humphreys, will exhibit a collection of over 50 pieces of original art work inspired by the stories and ancestries of Africa, America and the Caribbean.

Blessing the Catch of the Day by Edith Humphreys, Acrylic on Canvas

Blessing the Catch of the Day by Edith Humphreys, Acrylic on Canvas

Using a paintbrush and palette of vibrant colors, Mills’ paintings bring music to life in pieces that sing with stories of African-American culture.  Collins’ sculptures illuminate the human body through realistic and abstract depictions, all quietly projecting a timeless fluidity and elegant timelessness.  Humphreys, a founding member of the African World Artist Collective, passed away in 2003; although her work depicts vignettes from yesteryear, the energetic spirit and familial tones still resound strongly today.

Sophia by Denise Collins, Ceramic

Sophia by Denise Collins, Ceramic

Artists’ Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13

Where: Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Cost: $6 admission cost, free for museum members. Artist reception tickets $10, complimentary for museum members

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