Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, January 14, 2019 – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and to celebrate cultural diversity, Western Reserve Hospital has installed a special art exhibit designed to introduce Northeast Ohio to the beauty and essence of the Bahamian national cultural festival known as Junkanoo.
Bahamian Junkanoo is an individual and community celebration of freedom which evolved from Christmas slave celebrations held in the late eighteenth century Nassau, Bahamas. The exhibit features artwork by Keith Gordon Wisdom, who is Bahamian, and is directly connected to the creative essence, costumes, color and rhythm of the festival.
“It is the festival’s historical elements and use of intense colors in its costuming and rhythmic drumming and parading presentation that has deeply affected me and my depiction of what I feel within my soul,” Wisdom notes.
His works have been displayed in private collections in the United States, Hungary, Canada and several Bahamian private and corporate collections over the years. Wisdom staged his first U.S. exhibition in 2015 at Kent State University’s Uumbaji Art Gallery and recently had work exhibited at Peg’s Gallery in Hudson, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.
Through this Pop-Up Exhibition at Western Reserve Hospital, he hopes to introduce a wider audience in the area to the beauty and creativity of Bahamian Junkanoo.
Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit at Western Reserve Hospital located at 1900 23rd Street in Cuyahoga Falls from January 14 – February 2.