Acclaimed Memphis based, Nigerian-born artist Ephraim Urévbu, honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special tribute unveiling at Art Village Gallery, 410 S Main Street, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Art Village Gallery, in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 commemoration, will host the unveiling reception of Urévbu's original painting, titled E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One). “Bringing people together is part of why Dr. King came to Memphis and sacrificed his life," said Urevbu.
"In a visual way, I tried to capture the meaning 'out of many, one'. The vibrant array of colors is a depiction of the diversity of nationalities of all who live here and the different cultures and religions that make up what America is today. If we celebrate that, focus on what makes us strong, then we rise as a nation. Then we fulfill Dr. King’s dream." The artist goes on to say, citing Dr. King's vision as his inspiration.
To celebrate this occasion, Art Village Gallery has produced a limited number of lithographs and giclee prints for sale at the unveiling that will be signed by the artist on-site. The gallery is also generously donating 100 prints of the artwork to the National Civil Rights Museum.
The print is a special collector’s item that won't be available for long. Interested buyers are encouraged to attend the unveiling reception on March 16 at 6:30 pm, order through the gallery’s online store or visit the museum on or after March 17th, to purchase while still available.
The unveiling reception also kicks-off a series of MLK50 commemorative events hosted by Art Village Gallery, and supported by its presenting sponsor, Sedgwick Claims Management Inc.
About Ephraim Urevbu
Ephraim Urevbu is a Nigerian-born, Memphis based artist, curator, and art advisor. He is founder of Art Village Gallery and the South Main Arts District along with the monthly Trolley Art Tour. For his efforts he was honored with the first ever Vision Award given by the Memphis Center City Commission.