The works of two Black artists are currently on view at the Feldheym Library Galleries during Black History Month. The exhibit showcases the work of Riverside native Linda Phelps-Young in the Upper and Lower Galleries. The work of world-renowned Nigerian born artist Okaybabs is featured in the Upper Gallery.
Former Black Voice News Paste-Up Artist, Linda Phelps-Young studied commercial art at Ventura College and fashion illustration design at Woodbury College. She considers herself a colorist and was influenced by the works of the Impressionist painters. Among the highlights of the exhibit are portraits of Josephine Baker, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. Phelps-Young has created a line of greeting cards of Vintage Portraits, Floral and Ethnic Series that are available for purchase or viewing at the Riverside Metropolitan Art Museum Gift Shop.
Okaybabs is a world-renowned artist whose versatility is his trademark. A meticulous draftsman, his artwork shows originality and creativity characterized by loose, exuberant style and color. Okaybabs holds membership affiliates with the Riverside Art Museum, Art Council of San Bernardino and Redlands Art Association where he teaches art to student of all ages. He operates his Art Studio and Gallery in city of San Bernardino.
The Norman F. Feldheym Central Library Galleries are located at 555 West Sixth Street in San Bernardino and are open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. For more information, please call Linda Puetz, Exhibition Coordinator, at 909.381.8251 or visit www.sbpl.org.
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