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Artist Meclina Priestley Participates in Sheltered, a Group Show at UMass Dartmouth

Meclina Priestley. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Beacon Gallery is excited to share that artist Meclina Gomes Priestley, who is represented by the gallery is featured in a meaningful group show entitled Sheltered, at the University Art Gallery, College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth-Star Store Campus, which started on May 24th and runs until September 8, 2022. Priestley joins this select group of contemporary Women Artists of Color with diverse cultural backgrounds and unique perspectives including, Gloretta Baynes, L’Merchie Frazier, Ekua Holmes, Corinne Spencer and Alison Wells in this exhibition, which is curated by Alison Wells in collaboration with Viera Levitt, Gallery Director at UMass Dartmouth.

L’Merchie Frazier, Alison Wells, and Meclina Priestley pose in front of Wall Flowers. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition explores the blending of historical and present-day narratives that focus on the concept of Safety, Protection and Home and is organized in conjunction with DATAs “Shelter 2022: Where tradition meets technology.”

As mentioned in CVPA’s news article: “Painter, calligrapher and micrographer, Meclina Priestley strives to use her creativity as a healing modality and a vehicle to engage meaningful conversation. The three works of art shown are a reflection of “Morna,” the longing of connecting with her Cape Verdean roots.”

Meclina Priestley, Longing, Mixed Media. Photo courtesy of the artist.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 9, 6-8 pm (AHA! Night) with Artist Talks at 6pm and live music by saxophonist Emmanuel “Manny Escobar” from 5pm.  A closing reception will be held on Thursday, September 8, 6-8 pm (AHA! Night). 

Gallery hours are 9am – 6pm daily, Sundays until 5:30pm and open until 9pm on AHA! Nights (second Thursday of each month).

See the full CVPA article here: and for more information follow on FB, IG, College of Visual & Performing Arts or Beacon Gallery blog.

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