Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) will celebrate Black History Month with a special exhibition by artist Greg Thornton. The center named Thornton the February 2013 Artist of the Month and will be displaying his exhibition entitled “Say it Loud!” from this Saturday February 9th.
Thornton has been creating artwork since he could hold a pencil. He was always supported by his mother, Grace Clayton, who recognized his talent from a young age. Growing up his family had limited means so Thornton developed his artistic technique by reproducing the comics that appeared in the daily newspaper.
Thornton now has the ability to purchase new art supplies, however his upbringing stays with him. He utilizes many recycled and reclaimed materials in his artwork, honoring his always encouraging mother who worked multiple jobs to support the family.
Thornton is the owner of Black Iconic T-Shirts, a line which is influenced by his experiences as a black artist and the icons that he admired throughout his life. The t-shirts feature the image of the icon on the front and information about their life on the back. Thornton hopes the artistic pieces allow people to become more connected to these historical figures.
“The center is thrilled to have Thornton’s exhibition” said SCAC representative Meleah Gibson. Thornton’s “Say it Loud” exhibition will feature pieces of influential people who have made contributions to history, music and art.
The official opening will be held at the SCAC this Saturday February 9th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.