"An individual has not started living until he can rise above
the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

                                                                                                                  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The 100 Strangers Project"
Opening:  Thursday, February 11, 6-9 p.m. 

"The 100 Strangers Project," photographer Alonzo Williams Jr.'s 13-month-long documentation of random encounters with 100 perfect strangers, opens Thursday, February 11, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Artists' Collective.

The exhibit, curated by Ann "Sole Sister" Johnson, runs through February 25.

The power in this project uses the collaboration of portrait photography and unscripted conversation to penetrate the misconceptions often impressed upon audiences by social media, television and the entertainment industry. Williams' encounter with his first 50 strangers during a trip to New York City was a catalyst for this project and ultimately led to his portrayal of the subjects beyond their stereotypical surface images.

The project includes video interviews which reflect moments by the strangers sharing insight into their lives.

This is Williams' first solo exhibition as a photographer. He credits his career as a photographer to a decision he made when he moved to Houston from Newport News, Va. He recalls his experience with his first point-and-shoot camera in 2008, "It was in pressing and releasing the shutters...in the idea of turning visions into visuals...that I found my purpose."

The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, is open--during exhibitions--Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and by appointment.  


Art Education Activities

The Collective works with 10 to 12-year-old students enrolled in the after-school program at SHAPE Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays.


In Memoriam:  
Anthony Mills| Zin | Wali Aqueel, 1973-2016

The Collective shares the community's sorrow for the loss of this generous and talented musician, who left this earthly domain in a tragic accident January 3 in Denver.

Zin's music and presence added to the success of The Collective's Hot Nights on Holman.  

Join the Jubilee Quilt Circle

Workshops and demonstrations  are offered at The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Community Artists' Collective invites you to learn about and to work on textiles, including quilting, knitting, crochet and embroidering.

Supplies provided. Suggested donation is $30 per month.


Community Artists' Collective