Easton Town Center was proud to be the host location of this important exhibition. Coordinated by BREATHE and Rita Fuller-Yates, “In the Life and Times of Black Women” was a community art project that showcased the importance of learning black history through historical life stories of black women in the community.
Four local black female artists — Francesca Miller, Katerina Fuller, Gini Rhodes Elliott, and Lisa McLymont — were selected to showcase their talents and honor the journey of life of four black women leaders: Martha Hartway, Mayme Moore, Charleta Tavares, and Yolanda Harris. Each woman has made an impact on Columbus, Ohio, and the black community over the last 100 years.
Each week throughout Black History Month, each artist created her own interpretation of the Life and Times of Black Women. The pieces were on display in the Station Building Rotunda until March 31, 2021.
Honoring: Martha Hartway
Francesca is an emerging Columbus visual artist who specializes in acrylic portraits, conceptual art, and graphite pencil drawings. She is one of several artists who painted murals at the Ohio Theatre as part of the ArtUnitesCbus project.
Francesca honored Martha Hartway (1854-1924), who was a Columbus black pioneer. Born a slave in Powhattan County, Virginia, Hartway fled to Columbus and was found hiding outside the home of Fernando and Sophia Kelton, where she was taken in and developed a strong relationship with the Kelton children. She married Thomas Lawrence, a carpenter and free black man from Cadiz, Ohio. The couple named their children after the Kelton children. She and her husband are buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus.
Honoring: Mayme Moore
Katerina Fuller is an interdisciplinary artist/administrator with the TRANSIT ARTS youth arts program and attended Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and Columbus State Community College. Using patterns and colors, she creates images that capture the world around us. Katerina believes that people radiate vibration and color, creating patterns reflecting their unique personalities. She is inspired to show the beauty and cadence found in the patterns of those she paints.
Katerina honored Mayme Moore (1895-1978), who is affectionately known as “the Mother of the Columbus Branch of the NAACP.” She helped found and guide many organizations, including the “Colored Women’s Club,” the nation’s oldest black women’s organization.
Gina Rhodes Elliott
Honoring: Charleta B. Tavares
Gini Rhodes Elliott is a Columbus, Ohio, artist, specializing in portrait drawings for over 50 years. She enjoys oil and acrylic painting landscapes, sculpting, and crafting. Gini says that she “breathes art daily” and creates pieces with a goal of moving the viewer.
Gini honored Charleta B. Tavares, a former member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 15th District from 2011-2018. Tavares previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993-1998. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PrimaryOne Health.
Honoring: Yolanda Harris
Lisa McLymont, a self-identified multimedia sculptor, specializes in drawing and painting, though she allows her curiosity to explore art in many directions. Formally educated in graphic design and visual communications from The Ohio State University, Lisa’s career as a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist began in 2009, and has included forays into drawing, painting, sculpture, and jewelry.
Lisa honored Yolanda Harris. With over 20 years of broadcasting experience, Harris joined the 10TV news team in 2017 as its co-anchor of the 5PM, 6PM, and 11PM newscasts. She is a graduate of Gahanna-Lincoln High School and has called Central Ohio home for the majority of her life and career.