At the CPL - Art: Trilogy, Anonymity, and Eclecticism

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 21:57.

Proud to see my parents support this exciting expression of the arts in NEO, hosted at the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library - thanks to Charles Burkett for pointing out this notice about the show on the CPL website. - it is worth checking out this exhibition, organized by the very cool Elmer Buford

Art: Trilogy, Anonymity, and Eclecticism

100 pieces of African Art and African American Art


“Art: Trilogy, Anonymity, and Eclecticism”

Main Library Building

2nd Floor Exhibit Corridor

February 5, 2007 through May 15, 2007

Mr. Elmer Buford has graciously loaned his personal collection along with other selected pieces from these local Clevelanders:

  • Dr. Norman and Ann Roulet
  • Anthony “T.W.” Watkins
  • James Burgan
  • Cynthia Dixon
  • LaToya Washington
  • Billy Tubbs

Please call (216) 623-2895 for additional information.

Free and open to the Public

CPL! Cleveland Public Library

Are you allowed to post some of the pieces on line?  I also know that he has a very interesting life story.  I would love to see more.  Thanks!

I can arrange all that

There are actually many very interesting people involved in African and African American art in NEO - it is a great idea to start featuring some of them, their art and their collections. I'll set something up with Mr. Buford and the current show at the CPL. For an overview of my parents collection go to

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One of the most endearing aspects of you is that you have a possitive, supportive and interactive relationship with your parents.  Your family is to be complimented on their culture, civility and healthful ways.  With inter=generational harmony there is no holding us back!


They are awesome... and don't get me started on grandma

What can I say... I appreciate all that my parents have done for me and in life and I think they are really excellent people, and getting better every year. I'll post about an interesting related experience soon, but in brief I was at my parents home the other day and a CIA English Professor from Nigeria was there with his class, because my parents have an excellent African art collection that provides the professor an interesting context for teaching his students... I too learned much from listening to the professor speaking of his related experiences in Nigeria, playing in with his father's ceremonial masks, for example, and relating that to his religious school experiences in Nigeria, and his experiences in America - fascinating. The professor explained that my mom had hired him as she was retiring as the Chair of Humanities at CIA and that he did not want to move to Cleveland, but she kept calling him and persisting and her warm character was the reason he decided to take the job here. That was nearly 15 years ago, and he said he is glad to be here, and his students said they are glad he is here. That is cool.

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