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BeardenInvite_PicForWebNorth Carolina born artist Romare Bearden used collage, watercolor and ink to create distinct works of art in a style all his own.   View the only children’s book ever written and illustrated by Bearden, Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story  during the exhibition  Romare Bearden: Beat of a Different Drum.

Opening during 4th Friday, January 22, this event will feature remarks by Diedra Harris-Kelly, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York, and performances by Fayetteville State University’s Percussion Ensemble.  This much anticipated exhibition, with related programming that includes lectures, a performance and a youth workshop, continues through March 5 in the Arts Council Galleries (301 Hay Street).

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Related Programming

  • Jan. 22 from 7 to 9 pm: Meet-and-greet with Diedra Harris-Kelly, relative of Romare Bearden and Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York. Drumline performances by FSU students at 7:15 and 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.: Original play entitled, The Color of Courage, performed by Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly. Audience discussion follows. Show begins at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. General Admission seating, first come, first served. Seating is limited.
  • Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon: Lectures and music programs by the Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing and Fine Arts and a youth workshop on drumming facilitated by musician Alex Weiss. Space is limited. Youth workshop is for ages 8 to 14 and registration is required by calling (910) 323-1776 or e-mail admin@theartscouncil.com.
  • Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.: Discussion on collecting African-American art, with special guests Jerald Melberg and Dwight Smith, facilitated by Calvin Mims.

This exhibition is sponsored by:


Walter Guy Jewelers, Inc.

Carolina Vascular Institute PA

Fayetteville State University Department of Performing and Fine Arts

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter


Media Sponsors:

The Fayetteville Observer


This exhibition is presented in collaboration with:

Jerald Melberg Gallery

Romare Bearden Foundation

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

The galleries are open 6 days a week for this show. See gallery hours below.

Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC. Admission is free.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.

Upcoming exhibits*:



16th Annual Cumberland County High School Juried Art Exhibition
Early March 2016

Drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media – made by local high school art students – are presented by the school system’s Arts Education Program. See what these talented students create for this juried show!

Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales, Fables and Myths 
March 24 – April 16,  2016

Presented by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation


The 2nd Annual Art and Flowers
April 22 – May 21,  2016

Presented by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation

Public Works
May 27 – June 18, 2016

Trees, triangles and trains. Eagles and eyeballs. More than 100 pieces of work represent a cross section of subjects, styles and skill levels of our community.
*Schedule subject to change.

The Arts Council’s galleries at 301 Hay Street are free and open to the public six days a week.

The Arts Council’s 2015-16 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

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