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First Fridays – February 2024 feat. Zaxai

Time: February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Ann White Academy Gallery
Cost: Free

The Academy Center of the Arts is proud to present a new gallery exhibition each month featured in our Academy Galleries.

To see the current exhibits, please visit

Join the Academy every First Friday of the month from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, as we unveil our latest art exhibits, featuring an array of local, regional and national artists presenting their works in various mediums.

The Ann White Academy and Up Front Galleries are both located on the first floor of the Patricia Harrington Gallery Building located at 600 Main Street.


The Ann White Academy Gallery
Oil Paintings by Deliece Blanchard

“I am a landscape painter who loves nature, the color and viscosity of oil paint, and the mysterious communication that occurs through art. My first career was as a musician, and musical elements influence my paintings. The effect of certain colors side by side, together, create a vibration, or harmonic effect much like a chord progression which can move me emotionally, and I’m unable to explain it. Although the subject of my painting may reference the real world, I’m influenced by painters who have a distinctive painterly style of realism, eg. Van Gogh, Richard Diebenkorn, and Fairfield Porter.” – Deliece Blanchard

The Up Front Gallery
Black History Month Exhibit featuring Benita Mayo, Whitney West, and CT Woods

First Friday Musical Guest: Zaxai
Zaxai (ZA-K-EYE) one of NY’s eclectic artist. Born of Haitian decent, he credits his sound to his diverse, cultural up bringing. Captivating & intimate, are a few words to describe his voice & performances. It’s that which brought Zaxai to the Top 24 on season 15 of “NBC The Voice”. Both Kelly Clarkson & Jennifer Hudson fought over this young man to gain a spot on their teams. In the words of Jennifer Hudson “you’re a natural performer, you’re ready.” Those words couldn’t be more true as he continues to take the industry by storm. His roots may hail from Haiti but this performer sings in 4 languages. English, French, Creole, Spanish and a little bit of Russian, with almost 8 years of guitar as well. If he isn’t commanding the crowd online or in person, you can find Zaxai on set, behind a camera delivering more than lyrics. In July of 2020, Zaxai made is acting debut in Root level films “Where you are”.

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