African Roots of Jazz @ Central

February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm (ended)

Bay Area artist Charles Curtis Blackwell will speak about his work and his personal journey as a legally blind artist during an Artist Talk in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. Blackwell is also exhibiting  paintings and drawings exploring themes of Africa and the jazz aesthetic in theT Catalog Lobby on the first floor and the Art & Music Department on the fifth floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley. His art will be on display from February 10- April 20, 2014


Charles Curtis Blackwell is a poet, playwright, and performance and visual artist. After an accident at the age of 19, Blackwell lost his vision but not his passion for the cultural arts. He states “The role of art in my life is useful in helping me cope, exist and flourish in the society in which I live.” Blackwell uses his partial blindness as an asset in his painting “incorporating jagged lines, brutal strokes, sloshing colors and serendipity” to point him on the path towards originality. For more information about the free talk or the  exhibition call 510-981-6241 or read the press release.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library


Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

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