MCC Fine Arts Gallery to Showcase ‘The Soul of Baseball’


“The Soul of Baseball: Portraits of Negro Leaguers,”a series of paintings by by Ann Arbor-area artist Phillip Dewey, will be on display at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, 2015.

According to Dewey, whose solo and group exhibitions include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Negro Southern League Museum Acquisitions, this particular exhibition has evolved quite a bit over the years:

“I’ve tried a smorgasbord of mediums—pencil and ink, oil paint, watercolor, lithography, ceramics, woodworking, photography, stained glass. But the one thing that has prevailed is the maxim that my undergraduate painting professor used to always tell us, ‘Keep focusing on the idea.’ For me, the idea is that the Negro Leagues defined 20th century America so well. That enterprise of talent and energy, defying the odds while dazzling at the same time. An organization that was born out of the old lie of separate but equal, yet would be the machine which turned the tide in race relations well ahead of the Civil Rights movement.”

Dewey will give a public presentation about his work on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at noon in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call the Art & Design office at 810-762-0443.

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