Self-taught Urbana artist Marilynn Dean Cleveland has a lot to say and a lot to share with the world.
She will do that from Thursday through Aug. 24 as the University YMCA presents "I Have Something To Say," featuring artwork by Cleveland, curated by Art @ the Y, an initiative of the University YMCA.
You can read more about Cleveland here.
The paintings selected for the exhibition share Cleveland's vision and experiences as a black woman, with narratives on black history, her own personal story and her faith.
The University YMCA will host an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Y's Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C.
Cleveland began making art as a young woman, using found materials such as house paint, cardboard and ashes. Her prolific output includes paintings, multimedia collage and an array of miniatures formed from and painted on sometimes surprising materials.
All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. For more, visit universityymca.org/art.