You can "feel good, so good!" thanks to James Brown and other icons in music history. The Arts Council's Friends of African & African-American Art group is bringing another national exhibition to Fayetteville: SONGS FROM THE SOUL. The show opens during 4th Friday on Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 16.

The free exhibition features colorful portrait illustrations and educational text panels that celebrate and explore the contributions of Smokey Robinson, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more.

During the exhibit's opening on Jan. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., Fayetteville State University's Department of Performing and Fine Arts will present "Songs from the Soul – A Revue: Art Comes to Life," featuring Mane Attraction and Men of Distinction, under the direction of Denise Payton, and FSU Jazz Express, under the direction of Dr. Neal Finn.

Nationally known musician Ray Codrington, a Fayetteville native, will continue the jazzy beat with a Jazzy Jam session at the Arts Council on Feb. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. with no admission. Codrington and guests perform, along with a surprise local guest talent.

Children ages 7 to 13 are invited to a kids' art and music workshop in the Arts Council's downstairs classroom on Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required by calling 910-323-1776.


Through original life-size portrait illustrations, historic photographs and caption panels, visitors to SONGS FROM THE SOUL examine the relationship between music, history and culture in many genres – jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel, soul, disco and rock and roll.

Based upon historical text captions, and 23 portrait illustrations by international artist Wolfram Schramm of Gerlingen, Germany, and 15 black and white photographic portraits from the William Gottlieb Collection, SONGS FROM THE SOUL explores influences of African-American icons found throughout our popular culture and The Civil Rights Movement.

More artists that seem to come to life in SONGS FROM THE SOUL include: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, B.B. King, Little Richard, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, Patti LaBelle, and Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of the Motown record label, the Apollo Theatre, Cotton Cub, Soul Train.

For a pdf Study Guide, click here.


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In an effort to enhance the community’s cultural experience with African-American art, the Arts Council developed a special membership category devoted to this endeavor – Friends of African & African-American Art. FAAA develops and sponsors unique exhibitions, lectures and symposia on American art to enhance the public’s knowledge of African-American contributions to the arts, while exploring American history, society and creative expression from an African-American perspective.Click here to learn about FAAA or become a member.

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