Cbabi Bayoc, Allan Crite: 2 artists explore 2 visions of African-American life

January 09, 2015
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In observance of Black History Month in February, an art exhibit starting Jan. 30 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis will celebrate and explore two visions of African-American life -- decades apart.

"Two Artists, Two Visions: Our Collective Story" opens Jan. 30 and invites visitors to explore the works of nationally-renowned artist Allan Rohan Crite and acclaimed St. Louis painter Cbabi Bayoc. Crite and Bayoc's works observe and document African-American life in their communities.

Crite (1910-2007) spent his life creating art that reflected the ordinary lives of African Americans in his Boston-area community. A self-described "artist reporter," Crite showed them at work, at play and at church. His work has been exhibited at top museums in the United States and hang today at a church in St. Louis.

Bayoc's art also reflects a rich variety of subjects -- including African-American music, life and relationships including his 2012 project titled "365 Days With Dad," a large and colorful collection of portraits depicting fathers engaged with their children. Bayoc became a full-time artist in 1995 after graduating from Grambling State University.

An opening reception is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and features a gallery talk and artist Bayoc. A donation of $10 is appreciated for the reception.

The art exhibit will hang in the nave of Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis, throughout February for Black History Month. It is free and open to the public. Cathedral hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The Cathedral is also open Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during services.

For information, please call (314) 231-3454 or go to www.christchurchcathedral.us.

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