46 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Art Exhibit

West Orange Public Library



From This Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons

46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052


Sunday, February 2 - Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Opening reception Saturday, February 15, 2020, 1 - 4 PM.


From This Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons


This exhibit, From This Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons, utilizes prints, sculpture, drawings, mixed media, quilts, chairs and photography to share inspirational artistic information about the individuals on whose shoulders we stand, and the icons that shape our artistic landscape.


“The first recorded  group of enslaved Africans arrived in North America in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.  From that time until now, over four hundred years, their descendants have used art to speak our stories into existence, and also relied on art to serve as a cathartic tool for discovery, therapy and healing,” states curator Mansa K. Mussa.


“Many of our parents and grandparents, who tilled the Fertile Soil of the South, left their American homelands in a series of Great Migrations from 1916 to 1970. In on the East Coast they  swept up I-95 North, from South and North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, up north/up south, searching for freedom, economic opportunities and “...the warmth of other suns.”



Janice Anderson, Bradford Brown, Stephen B. Ellis, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Shamba Farrar, Ron Freeman, Gerry Gaines, Gladys Grauer, Ray Horner, Lester Johnson, Mansa K. Mussa, Roger Okewole,  Yvonne  Onque, Nell Painter, Glendora Simonson, Onnie Strother, Bisa Washington, Grace Williams, and Cheryl Willis-Hudson.


For more information contact  Mansa K. Mussa -  photomansa@gmail.com


Library hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 AM - 9PM

Tuesday and Friday 10 AM 0 5:30 PM

Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM

Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM