• Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (map)
  • 2410 Wickham Avenue
  • Newport News, VA, 23607
  • United States

"Blacker the Berry” primarily explores the strength and beauty of the black woman through the physical form using mostly black and white portraiture accented by surprising hints of color and radiant gold-leaf appliqué. Artist Ray Johnson calls upon the most important women in his life including his mother, wife, and daughter as inspiration for these incredible works. In this exhibit, Johnson has pushed himself even further to include men and images of anyone who strikes a feeling within him. 

As Johnson states “I want people to see themselves in the art. I want them to feel… the story within it.”

Join us in our Newport News Community Gallery on June 6th for the celebration of this exhibit, featuring the beautiful and powerful work of Ramon Johnson. Meet Ray and learn more about his creative process and his artwork. This event is free and open to the public.