“Journey” Exhibition of Works by Jackie Merritt
February 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jackie Merritt has taught drawing, painting and design at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia since 2007. She received her Master of Arts in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1070 and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education from Norfolk State University in 1968.
A nationally know artist and musician, she is very active in the local arts community. Jackie is currently serving her fourth year as a Commissioner on the Hampton Arts Commission: she has also, on a local level, received numerous awards and honors:
•2016 New Power Generation National Juried Exhibition, Hampton University “Dr. John T. Biggers Drawing Award”;
•2016/2015 Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition “Honorable Mention,” The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center;
In 2010, she received an Alli Award, for her Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Life of Greater Hampton Roads (Art/Music). In the summer of 1971, Jackie had the honor of spending several weeks as a guest of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
First Friday Opening on February 2nd from 6-8pm
Live music will be provided by: Narissa Bond & M.S.G. Acoustic Trio
(First Friday sponsored by Kristin & John Swanlund)
Narissa currently she performs 60 to 100 shows a year in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest, from coffeehouses to festivals. She had the pleasure of playing a song at the start of the play, “Liberty for Lydia,” featuring BET actress Erica Hubbard, at the prestigious Kimball Theater in Colonial Williamsburg. Also in Williamsburg, she worked as a balladeer – dressed in Colonial costume, she sang in the taverns. She’s shared the stage with many, including Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster. In Fulton, Missouri, she did a special show where she sang “Celia”, important because this town annually honors Celia. Narissa is featured in a documentary about her. Her “Three Words” CD was honored by Hampton Roads for Best Song and CD. She is featured in the book I’ve Got Thunder, a collection of stories about Black female recording artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Chaka Kahn, and Joan Armatrading.
Free and open to the public.
Beer and wine cash bar. Paninis for purchase.