A grand opening for the Museum Store in the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be held on May 18.
The event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm. The museum is located inside Old Main. The public is invited to attend.
An artist reception, featuring Lumbee artist Bea Locklear Brayboy, will be held in conjunction with opening.
Some of the featured merchandise available in the museum store include Cyna’s jewelry, Southeastern art by Linda Lomahaftewa, Black Water Soap Works by Nena Lowry, baskets by Cindy Locklear and Gloria Lowery, Southeastern books by Tim Tingle, and Bedre’ chocolates.
The exhibit, “Reflections and Optimism” will be Brayboy’s first one-woman show. She will be on hand during the reception to speak about her work and to answer any questions about her exhibit which will be on display through June 23.
A self-taught artist, Brayboy began focusing more on her artwork after retiring from teaching 35 years in the public schools.
Asked about where she draws her inspiration, Brayboy states “I love filling my canvases with faces, emotions, situations and color that speak to me.
“Inspiration is all around us, whether it’s a poignant stare, old hands, a scuffed up sneaker, a leaf with a drop of water, a loving moment, wonder on a child’s face, or an emotional quote,” she continued.
“When I am painting or drawing, time is irrelevant. There is no past and there is no future… just now …and I become one with the subject. A face filled with wrinkles has many stories. I compare a painting to a silent poem.”
A Robeson County native and UNCP graduate, Brayboy resides in North Myrtle Beach with her husband, Ray, also a UNCP alumnus.