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Evanston artists Fran Joy, Jevoid Simmons part of 'Soulworks' exhibit featuring artists of color

Evanston resident Rose Cannon of Cannon Fine Art, in collaboration with Evanston artist and curator Fran Joy, bring Soulworks, a collection of art by artists of color, both renowned and emerging, to the Evanston Art Center. The exhibit begins June 15 and runs through July 5.

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The group show includes Black American, African, Caribbean and Japanese artists, exhibiting an eclectic and exciting array of artwork, which includes original oil and acrylic pieces on canvas and wood, framed giclee prints of watercolor, digital prints, carved wood and banana tree leaves, and functional designer wood screens.

Evanston artists Fran Joy and Jevoid Simmons, are featured, along with: Alpha M. Bruton; Baz Cumberbach; Michel Delgado; David Anthony Geary; Myah Grinnell; Tadaaki Hatta; David Johnson Niari; William Kwamena-Poh; Suanne Rayner; and Debra Salter.

Click here for more information about the exhibit and the artists.

The art show's goal, says Rose Cannon, is to showcase inclusion, diversity and equity with artists

of color in the creative world.

Rose opened Cannon Fine Art Gallery (currently only online) last June after graduating from the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy run by Robin Rue Simmons, who is also alderman of Evanston's fifth ward.

Rose studied both visual and performance art from grade school in Evanston through university, completing requirements for a B.A. in Psychology in 1973 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with minors in performance and visual arts.

Fran Joy is an artist, activist, curator, and life coach known for her works depicting women issues and topics of social justice. Her subjects are wide ranging, including intimate portraiture, ethereal figures, historical portrayals, ethnic masks, scenes of violent injustice, and cosmic vistas.

[Photo: Rose Cannon; Fran Joy]

Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm


Read Dear Evanston's interview with Fran Joy from 2016 when she presented her exhibit Justice for Peace at the Noyes Cultural Center.

Read Dear Evanston's coverage of Jevoid Simmons exhibit Up From Down Home which was shown at Evanston's Civic Center last April.

Read Dear Evanston's interview with Jevoid and his wife Dickelle Fonda from 2016about safety and violence in Evanston here.


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