Lecturer: Sherry L. Howard, author, art collector, and Robeson House volunteer
As part of the Parlor Talks series, Robeson House volunteer Sherry Howard will offer a presentation and book signing for her new book, ART WITH HEART: How I Built a Sweet Collection by Buying Cheap at Auction. Sherry has been collecting art at auctions for years. Her collection encompasses many artists from the Philadelphia region, including Samuel J. Brown, Julius Bloch, Columbus Knox, Moe Brookers, and Ed Loper Sr. A chapter in the book features the work of Roland Ayers.
Sherry will take you through her experiences in bidding and buying at auction, tracing and writing about the lives of artists, and sharing what she learned along the way. Ayers's painting The Corner House will be on view among other artworks from Sherry's book.
Attendees will also be able to tour the exciting new exhibit, Paul Robeson: His Movies, His Music, His Message. The exhibit tells the story of the accomplishments of Robeson's ancestors and Robeson himself- through photos and other memorabilia of his talents as a singer, movie and stage actor, and social activist. Robeson instilled courage and dignity in the songs he sang and the characters he portrayed. His rendition of "Ol' Man River" was sung with such heart that it became a message of defiance as well as his trademark song.