In celebration of Black History Month, the art exhibition “Sapphire and Crystals: Beyond Race and Gender” opens Friday, Jan. 23, at Evanston’s Noyes Art Gallery.

The exhibition, which showcases the work of 20 African-American women artists, addresses issues central to the election of America’s new president and vice president.

Through their work, the artists explore the current state of race and gender in the United States as well as their expectations and hopes for the future. The exhibit fills both floors of the gallery.

The opening reception for “Sapphire and Crystals” is Sunday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the reception will feature a “self-portrait” silent auction (bids open at $125) and a collaborative altar/installation that will be produced onsite. In addition, the Walter Clark Trio will perform and refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild, the art exhibition will remain on display through March 12.

The Noyes Art Gallery is at 927 Noyes St. Admission is always free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The building is accessible and group tours are available. For more information, call 847-448-8260.

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