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Art Works Celebrate Portland's African Diaspora

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

October exhibit comes from 10 local artists Michael Leighton | 9/24/2019, 5:01 p.m.

Portland artist Bobby Fouther (right) presents ‘Ancestral Connections,’ a month-long group mixed media exhibit by 10 local artists celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora coming to the Multnomah Arts Center in southwest Portland during October

“Ancestral Connections,” a month-long group mixed media exhibit celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora will be on view at the Multnomah Arts Center in southwest Portland beginning on Friday, Oct. 4 with an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Curated by Bobby Fouther, a beloved Portland visual and performing artist and lifelong advocate for the black community, the show will feature works from 10 local artists that embody the African Diaspora experience in Portland. The other artists are Mufu Ahmed, Blaque Butterfly, Ruth Gourdine, Eldon Jones III, Chris McMury, Saan Patterson, Alice Price, Jamaali Roberts and Hobbs Waters.

Fouther said while the contributing artists were born and raised in different locations, different households, on different continents, you will see how they collectively create a shared sense of family.

“I hope you see how we have shared our inner experiences to create this village,” Fouther said.

The nonprofit Multnomah Arts Center is located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy. For more information, visit



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