Painter Joe Roache’s best advice for young artists is to start growing a thick skin and keep their aesthetic backbone intact when it comes to personal preferences.
Just like the artists who have inspired him — Marc Chagall, Romare Bearden and Charles White among them — he believes that not all work may be appreciated in the time that it’s created.
“You have to have your own direction and stay at it regardless,” says Roache. “Art is what makes people human to me and it’s always been important. It’s important now because we really need to keep working at that humanity.”
Roache is one of 54 artists who are sharing their bold, multi-media works at this year’s Creative Tallahassee 2021.
This is one of many exhibitions curated by the Council on Culture & Arts for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. The show highlights the work of established and emerging local artists, which can be viewed both at the City Hall Art Gallery and at COCA’s Online Gallery now through Aug. 9.
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