The event is Friday, Oct. 5

As a part of Art Loop Wilmington, Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) will host an artist reception for local artist Stephen Kingsberry and his exhibit, "Burden of Palestine," on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kingsberry's love for art was reinforced after visiting Palestine in 2017 with the organization, Leadership Program of Dar al Kalima University for Arts and Culture, co-led by Mike Abel of Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights. Kingsberry was moved by the oppression of the Palestinian people and wanted to express the emotions that consumed him on the trip. His first work from this pilgrimage is called "Burden of Palestine." The work details the difficult living conditions of Palestinians. It is this work that inspired the name of the exhibit itself.

"The exhibit seeks to inform people about the struggles of the Palestinians living under occupation," Kingsberry said. "I want to express what I have witnessed through the lens of art while helping to promote peace."

Other works in this exhibit highlight the discriminatory laws against children, the challenges of the "Wall" separating the Israeli and Palestinian areas, and the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. Additional pieces promote the rich beauty, heritage and traditions of Africa and its people throughout the world. A Gallery Talk will also be led by Abel on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

"We are excited to show Stephen's compelling copper pieces in Christina's Edward Loper Sr. Gallery," said Executive Director H. Raye Jones Avery. "It's an exhibit that will undoubtedly draw strong responses from viewers and, hopefully, stimulate conversation and even action."

Kingsberry attended Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn as an art major, settling on the medium Copper Sculpture. His first creation was selected for exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum. During this time, several pieces of artwork - including Kingsberry's piece - were stolen from the museum. He was devastated until the museum compensated him with a few hundred dollars.and an artist was born!

In his professional career, Kingsberry worked in accounting and finance in the transportation industry. In 1999, he moved to Delaware to work for the Delaware Transit Corporation, leaving in 2012 as its Executive Director. He moved back to New York to work for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as the Director/General Manager of the PATH rail system. Kingsberry is also a former board member of Christina Cultural Arts Center.

For more information on Stephen Kingsberry's work, visit Kingsberrycopper.com.

ABOUT CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

Christina's mission is to make all genres of arts education and experiences accessible to all, but most especially low-income communities. Christina is celebrating more than 70 years of delivering impactful arts experiences and education to the community. Christina faculty provide arts learning in such diverse areas as music, dance, visual art, drama, martial arts, early childhood arts education and youth violence prevention. One of the hallmarks of Christina is its annual presentation of intimate live performances of local, regional and internationally known artists in its own Clifford Brown Performance Space. For more information, call 302.652.0101 or visit ccacde.org.