Against the Odds: A Tribute to Sande Webster Gallery

Posted: November 4, 2013

Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit “AGAINST THE ODDS A TRIBUTE TO SANDE WEBSTER GALLERY” on display November 7, 2013 to January 9, 2014. An opening reception will take place November 7 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., and Sande Webster and various artists will talk at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

The exhibit contains more than thirty artists’ work and recognizes Sande Webster Gallery as a unique voice in the art community emphasizing diversity in her artists for over four decades. Sande Webster and her team accomplished that diversity and an art experience that Webster was told by most could never happen. Lawrence Gallery at Rosemont College is hosting an exhibit of more than 30 artists to recognize the Gallery’s accomplishments over more than four decades. The variety of our artists became known not only in the United States but worldwide. “Recherché,” an art collaborative to recognize the exceptional quality and many styles of Black Artists, had shown at the Dallas Museum, the Museum in Atlanta, Hampton University, all over the United States as well as Denmark, Brazil and Cuba. For forty-two years Sande Webster Gallery regularly showed photography, sculpture, crafts, as well as paintings, drawings and prints (lithography, etching, woodblock, intaglio and more.) The Gallery’s exhibits were a hot ticket and museums, corporations, and major collectors began buying on a regular basis.

Exhibiting artists include: Sam Gilliam, Berresford Boothe, Arlene Love, Moe Brooker, James Brantley, Charles Searles, Syd Carpenter, Kathleen Spicer, Gary Weisman, Andrea Baldeck, Brian Dennis, Keith Breitfeller, The Tiberino Family, Andrew Turner, Bob Reinhardt, Kevin Cole, Robert Roesch, Ron Tarver, Quentin Morris, John McDaniel, Martina Allen, Charles Burwell, Don Camp, Nannette Clark, Miguel Antonio Horn, Anthony Liggins, and R.L. Washington. The image above (The Blox Box Story) shows three blocks that are a part of the AGAINST THE ODDS exhibit. Their backstory is that in 1998 the Ladies Committee from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was presenting its first U.S. Artists at the Armory exhibition in Philadelphia. More than 40 galleries nationwide were participating and Webster was looking for a way to have the Gallery and the artists she presented get the recognition they deserved.

To accomplish this, it was decided that 10 artists would each be given four four-inch wooden blocks on which to create a small work on five sides. This would allow collectors to purchase work by a better known artist for a reasonable price. The blocks were a huge success and are still available today.

Last Updated: November 6, 2013