New York-born artists Charles N. Mills, Edith Humphreys and Denise Collins shared more than a love for the arts – they also shared a bloodline and desire to create art that resonates with the soul and the past. The patriarch of the family, painter Charles Mills, who painted the entrance mural at Sistrunk Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale and passed away in October, 2013; his daughter, the sculptor Denise Collins; and his late niece, painter Edith Humphreys, will exhibit a collection of over 50 pieces of original art work inspired by the stories and ancestries of Africa, America and the Caribbean.
Using a paintbrush and palette of vibrant colors, Mills’ paintings bring music to life in pieces that sing with stories of African-American culture. Collins’ sculptures illuminate the human body through realistic and abstract depictions, all quietly projecting a timeless fluidity and elegant timelessness. Humphreys, a founding member of the African World Artist Collective, passed away in 2003; although her work depicts vignettes from yesteryear, the energetic spirit and familial tones still resound strongly today.