021019 Bretta Staley and artwork

Orangeburg artist Bretta Staley with her painting, "Revelation of Ezekiel the Prophet."

Award-winning artist and educator Bretta Staley of Orangeburg has been invited to exhibit her artwork in a national art exhibition.

The exhibit, titled “Soulful: A National Exhibition of African American Artists,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 28, at the D’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Black History Month, this exhibition is open to all African American artists living in the United States.

Staley’s painting, titled “Revelation of Ezekiel the Prophet,” was selected for the exhibit and will be displayed with the works of other artists selected from around the United States.

The D’Art Center is Norfolk’s 30-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios as well as a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. It is located in the Neon district of Norfolk.

The juror for the exhibit was Ken Wright, a Richmond, Virginia native and a graduate of Norfolk State University with a BFA in graphics and fine arts. Wright is an abstract painter who uses acrylics on canvas or museum board. He is a former arts commissioner for the state of Virginia and has served on many arts boards. He has won over 300 awards and honors for his work. Ken’s art is in many collections all over the United States and abroad.

A reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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