Saturday, September 15, 2007

Alexandria Black History Museum: Big Al Carter's God Has Made a Way in Leesburg

The Alexandria Black History Museum proudly hosts a photographic exhibition of Allen D. "Big Al" Carter's work. All photographs were taken in the 1970's in Leesburg, Virginia. Shown is: Expression of Joy in Leesburg; Uncle Charlie Bowles With an Old Triumph Motor Bike, Leesburg, Virginia; and Uncle Brady Bowles Sign of Life in Leesburg, Virginia.

God Has Made A Way in Leesburg runs from September 11, 2007 - January 20, 2008. A special reception with the artist will be held this Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 6 - 8 p.m. In this second exhibition at the museum, Carter explores his family connections in one moment of time - working, relaxing, and surviving in Leesburg more than thirty years ago. Then, space was open, homes were modest, life was simpler. Carter's collection of male relatives have sadly left us, and as Carter looks back on their influence and inspiration, he sees valuable messages. Make the best of what you have. Enjoy the gifts you're given.

Carter, a Virginia native, loves Virginia history and is proud of the advancements made by African Americans. In May of 2006, the Washington Post called his talent "inexhaustible creativity." Sometimes known as Big Al, Al, or Big, Carter while teaching in Arlington, called himself a "burnt umber man." He is a poet, a painter, an educator, a sculptor, a music lover, and at times an insomniac. Two of his works can be found in the Corcoran - this small venue is nonetheless gripping.