30 june 1968 & neighbors inc. art and book festival 3
#OTD-ish 30 June 1968 Washingtonians who bought art work from the 6th Annual Neighbors Inc. Art and Book Festival are enjoying their new pieces. Ethylyn De Stefano, who organized the professional art committee, worked hard with fellow committee members to get artists to exhibit and sell their work.
Lois Mailou Jones (1220 Quincy Street, NE) exhibited three pieces:
1. Alpres-Maritimes-France Barsurloup, $125
2. Haitian Bay (watercolor), $150
3. Haitian Mother (acrylic), $150
Richard Dempsey (6708 Poplar Ave, Takoma Pk, Md) exhibited two oil paintings:
1. Still Life #1 , $150
2. Still Life #2,, $150
James L. Wells (1333 N St NW) exhibited two wood engravings:
1. Girl & Sunflower, $50
2. Crossroads, $50
Neighbors, Inc., was founded in 1958 to organize toward and maintain racially integrated neighborhoods in opposition to white real estate agents seeking to convince white homeowners in and near Shepherd Park to sell their homes. Their motto was "an intown, integrated, interesting community."
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor purchase art at the festival? Did you exhibit, sell your art at the festival? Do you K. Sue Bell in the above photo? Do you recognize any of the art work on display? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, Neighbors Inc. Collection. Photographer unknown.
Marvin Caplan, Farther Along: A Civil Rights Memoir, 1999.
Phyllis Palmer, Living As Equals: How Three White Communities Struggled to Make Interracial Connections During the Civil Rights Era, 2008.