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New works by Brooks, Savage featured at Art Access Gallery

CHRIS BOURNEA | 7/17/2013, 8:33 p.m.

The work of African-American Columbus artists Queen Brooks and Antoinette Savage is currently on view at the Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave. in Bexley.

Brooks’ distinctive, Africentric prints are featured in the exhibit “Combinations,” which also features the Indian-inspired work of her colleague, printmaker Nicholas Hill.

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Queen Brooks

“He exhibits here (at Art Access) regularly and he invited me to show with him,” Brooks said during the exhibit opening on June 28. “He’s a printer, and my showing with him was a great opportunity.”

Brooks has a regional, national and regional reputation as a painter, carver and arts educator. Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine and in the International Review of African American Art. She is one of the founding members of Arts for Community Enrichment and other organizations that support the arts community in Columbus.

Savage creates one-of-a-kind sculptures out of fabric that portray relatives, community members and generations of African ancestors. Her work is titled, appropriately, “Ancestral Blessings.”

“My art is in honor of those people who came before us, who paved the way. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be in this room displaying my art,” Savage said. “So everything I do, I try to do in honor of them. And for me, it’s a way of passing on their stories.”

Savage is a self-taught doll-maker, sculptor and “wearable art” artist. She has exhibited in a variety of venues, including the newly-opened Hilton hotel in downtown Columbus. She is known for using bright “Kool-Aid colors” as the signature palette for her art.

“The colors that I choose allow me to infuse both life and breath into my art,” she said, “which builds my passion for my art and keeps me connected to my ancestors.”

For exhibit hours and more information, call (614) 338-8325 or visit Artaccessgallery.com.