Tioga Arts Council: “Between Starshine & Clay” artists of color exhibit opens Friday


OWEGO – From the poem won’t you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton, “BETWEEN STARSHINE & CLAY: An Exhibition Celebrating Artists of Color” is Tioga Arts Council’s (TAC) juried June exhibition. It will open on Friday, June 4, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at TAC, 179 Front St., Owego. Represented in the show are 20 artists of color from Broome, Onondaga, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Clifton’s poem reads:

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

This classic poem is an assertion and an invitation, an embrace and a challenge, a song of survival and a celebratory hymn.

The exhibition will open during Owego First Friday, but there will be no formal reception. All visitors are required to wear masks and observe social distancing while in the gallery on opening night. After opening night, BETWEEN STARSHINE & CLAY will be on display at TAC from June 5–26, Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More Information
For more information, contact Christina Di Stefano at [email protected] or call 607.687.0785.

Thank you to the following who made this exhibition possible:

• Kathye Arrington for organizing and adjudicating this exhibition
• Owego Rotary Club for sponsoring this month’s exhibition