New Abstract Art by Henry L. Jones at Scarritt Bennett Center

One Song for Three Journeys by Henry L Jones.

One Song for Three Journeys” is a series of 30 abstract paintings by Henry L. Jones of images that explore thoughts, feelings, and ideas flowing along three journeys. Jones painted these images with his Gib Art technique. The exhibit will be on display in Laskey Gallery at Scarritt Bennett Center beginning on Wednesday, January 5 through March 29, 2022.

Meet Jones at an opening Artist Reception and artist talk on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the Laskey Gallery at Scarritt Bennett Center. The exhibit and the Artist Reception are free and open to the public.

“Like done in my griot heritage,” Jones reflects, “my art is storytelling with images. I desire to sing all those stories as art in ‘One Song for Three Journeys’.”

The following are how Jones describes each of the three journeys:

Journey One: The Pursuit of Wholeness. These paintings portray realms of healing and rebirths while overcoming obstacles and setbacks. These paintings symbolize stories shared as lyrics sang.

Journey Two: The Connection of Identity. These paintings delve into subjects of self-love, mirrored inner images and cultural connections. They show unfolded beauty and self-narration. These paintings describe the unveiling of acceptance as a praise in the song.

Journey Three: The Desire for Global Reaching. These paintings are images of interweaving layers of the other journeys. The last path is a bridge which unites the others. The bridged paintings reflect the melody translated as a single whole note. It’s circular symbolism and literal meaning of wholeness of the song vibrates.

For your safety and the safety of others, Scarritt Bennett Center requires that all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while indoors on the campus. For questions about this exhibit, contact Sue Bock, Gallery Coordinator, at: sbock@scarrittbennett.org.

Henry L. Jones, writer and artist, delves into culture, history and social issues as a visual artist, poet, and playwright.

Jones is the featured Spoken Word Artist for a program entitled Healing, Sound, Poetry, and Prayer from 7:00-8:00pm Wednesday, January 12 in Wrightman Chapel at Scarritt Bennett.

As a Feature Poet, he’s shared poetry at universities, cultural events and poetry venues. Some include MusiCircus, OZ Arts Nashville; Lyrical Brew, Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt; Poets Corner, Scarritt-Bennett Center and many others. He published Run into Blackness: Feeling My Poetic Gumbo.

His art exhibits frequently. Recently, Jones won the People’s Choice Award – Centennial Art Center’s InterACTive exhibit and entrance for juried exhibit at Todd Art Gallery’s Conversations. He’s written many plays, including Another Day, Another Dollar.

Jones was named Hendersonville’s first poet laureate on March 4, 2021 and served through the calendar year. Jones, a Detroit native and 1988 graduate of Fisk University, settled in Hendersonville nearly two decades ago with his wife and three children – sharpening his skills as both an accomplished painter and a published poet.

Other works by Jones can also be seen through Sunday, February 13 at Centennial Park’s Parthenon in a joint exhibition with Omari Booker entitled Kindred Links. A free public closing reception and gallery talk there is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022.

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