A woman in a yellow dress stands in front of photography by Phillip "King Phill" Loken

Photograph by kumolustudios.com

Guided Conversation at Block Gallery: It Ain't All Black and White Exhibition

Centering Black stories and examining emotions and relationships to ancestors, community, environment, and creative practice

In conjunction with honoring Black History Month, Block Gallery will host a public conversation with the featured artists of the "It Ain't All Black and White" photography exhibition. This event will be led and facilitated by Lamar Whidbee, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with a passion for helping others overcome mental health challenges.

The conversation will offer an opportunity to center Black stories as we examine the emotions and the relationship to ancestors, community, environment, and creative practice. How do our sophisticated emotions steer and inform our lives, and how do we show up in the world, behind or in front of the camera?

"It Ain't All Black and White" is a Block Gallery exhibition curated by North Carolina-based photographer Leticia Clementina and features the works of 10 dynamic photographers dedicated to documenting the fullness and complexity of Black life. Featured photographers include Derrick Beasley, Mark Anthony Brown Jr., Samantha Everette, Chris Facey, Titus Brooks Heagins, Gadisse Lee, Phillip "King Phill" Loken, Jaylan Rhea, and Cornell Watson.

Learn more about "It Ain't All Black and White"

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, February 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Parking: Visitors can park in the Municipal Building Deck at 201 W Morgan St. Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Where: Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St. (inside Raleigh Municipal Building)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

About Lamar Whidbee

Lamar Whidbee, LCMHCA, holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina State University and a Master's in Fine Art from UNC-Chapel Hill, giving him a deep appreciation for the power of creativity and self-expression in healing.

About Block Gallery

Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, the Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member and community leader. Greeting all visitors to the Upchurch Government Complex, the gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.

About Raleigh Arts

Raleigh Arts, a part of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.



Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Raleigh Arts

Block Gallery

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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
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