Arete Gallery

Arete Gallery is where virtue and art meet. From storytellers to oil painters, we present art, that at its core, improves humanity.


Our Featured Artists

Arete Gallery celebrates Black History Month with the alluring work of three distinct and influential Black female artists. This month come enjoy photographer Estizer Smith, poet Dr. Martina McGowan and mixed media artist Natalie Alleyne.

Photographer Estizer Smith’s stunning series Back to Lowndes County pays tribute to the work her parents did for the Lowndes County Alabama Office of Economic Opportunity during the height of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s. In one of the most violent, racially divided areas of the country, they helped poor black families move into better homes, start businesses and register to vote.

In her debut book of poetry and prose, I Am the Rage, Dr. Martina McGowan explores what it means to live inside injustice through her raw, unfiltered experiences as a Black woman and community activist fighting against social, racial, human and sexual injustices in America.

Natalie Alleyne’s work is a delicious mixed-media playground of wood, metal, handmade paper, acrylic and ink. Equal parts salt of the earth and whimsy, her eclectic mix of imagery captures elements of nature, music and humanity.

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