By Tim Ballingall
For the entire month of February, the Rohrbach Library is showcasing artwork by Sandi Turner and Ed Terrell in the art exhibit, “Success From the Past.” Art will be on display in the 2nd floor gallery of the Rohrbach Library. An artist Q&A reception will take place Feb. 24 from 5pm—7pm.
This event is the 10th annual Black History Month art exhibit sponsored by the African American Art Coalition of Reading, Pa. “Success From the Past” is also on display this month at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and Alvernia University.
ACOR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “inspire and encourage the African-American artist with the visual arts: poetry, writing, theater, entertainment, and music to pursue this type of profession or talent.”
President and Art Director of ACOR Ed Terrell is an accomplished artist. Terrell was born in Philadelphia. When he was six, he moved to Reading, where he attended Lauer’s Park Elementary School. A piece of his now hangs in the school’s lobby.
In 1970 Terrell began moving around, first to California, then to Europe, then to Asia and Africa. During this thirty-year period, he survived by producing and selling artwork—paintings, sculptures, crafts. He truly was a starving artist.
He returned to Reading ten years ago. Some of his pieces appeared in the Reading Public Museum in the ACOR exhibit. The organization was just getting started.
Terrell now runs the gallery. He maintains close friendships with many of the artists whose work is featured.