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10 Photos | A celebration of black history, art and culture in Patchogue

This year’s Of Colors Black History Exhibition & Diversity Celebration kicked off at 5 p.m. Saturday to a packed house at Artspace Lofts in Patchogue Village.

The event is held in the Artspace gallery each year and is organized by the group Of Colors Creative Collective at Artspace Patchogue, which was founded in 2011 by Artspace resident Tracy Todd Hunter.

The theme for the 2016 installment was “Let There Be Love.”

Read more about the event by clicking here.

Below photos by Michael White

Artist Galvin Bisserup of Roosevelt is interviewed by Jerry Gee of Ripp Photography, which documented the event.

Artist Galvin Bisserup of Roosevelt is interviewed by Jerry Gee of Ripp Photography, which documented the event.

Over 50 pieces were on display in the gallery from 32 different artists.

Over 50 pieces were on display in the gallery from 32 different artists.

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Town Councilman Neil Foley is interviewed by Wendy Rodriguez of Long Island Latino TV.

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Village Cigar Headquarters in Patchogue owner Miguel Baez with psychic medium Christopher Allan.

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The annual event always attracts lots of families to Artspace.

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Annie Mac, Steve Mall, Keenan Boyle and Brady Wilkins (not pictured) perform honoree John Cino’s ‘Whale Song.’

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Charles Fishman delivers a spoken word piece to an attentive crowd.

Soave Martinez was one of several honorees Saturday evening.

Soave Martinez was one of several honorees Saturday evening.

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Renowned Drum Grandmother and Maestra, Edwina Lee Tyler, works her way to center stage.

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Flutist Dwayne Kerr of Middle Island formerly played with the Erykah Badu Band.

About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com