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The Art Deco movement. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Aaron Douglas. Artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Southern folk art.

All have been listed as influences for artist and printmaker Perrion Hurd, who debuted his exhibit, "Wonders and Signs," during an opening reception Feb. 6 at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. But the magic Hurd creates is all his own.

Hurd -- a Hughes native and the center's 2020 Black History Month Featured Artist -- "employs a style that he calls 'Afrofuturistic' geometric symbolism that uses strong lines and bold colors to depict the human figure," according to the Facebook post for the event. "In this exhibit, Hurd touches on themes related to success, love, education, the arts and sciences, oppression and community."

His giant art banners, hung on the outside of the museum, greeted guests as they drove up.

Gallery: “Wonders and Signs” exhibit opening reception

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Inside the exhibit room awaited a mural and more of Hurd's works.

Entertainment by vocalist Bijoux Pighee and musician Rodney Block, and a buffet of edibles from Star of India also awaited attendees.

"Wonders and Signs" will run through Aug. 8. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

High Profile on 02/16/2020

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