Fresh Black Paint: From the Streets Original work by Benny “Mjumbe” Sorrells


Who: DiverseArts' New East Gallery
What: Art Exhibit and Gallery Talk
Opening reception: Saturday May 30th, 7-10pm,
            Run of exhibit: May 30th – June 11th
Where: 1601 East 5th St. Suite 106; Austin, TX 78702
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12-6pm,
Monday and Saturday: By Appointment

   DiverseArts is happy to announce the opening of an exhibit featuring Benny “Mjumbe” Sorrells’ original work. DiverseArts first touched base with Mjumbe when he was living in the Blackland Senior Housing Program. Since then, Mjumbe has experienced periods of homelessness but has continued to be a prolific producer of new artwork. In spite of his challenging economic and living situation, Mjumbe’s art subtlety and brilliantly reflects the beautiful and gentle aspects of life.

This exhibit displays several pieces by Mjumbe
which are a mixture of pastels and charcoals on paper and acrylic and oil on canvas and board. The pieces contain intimate scenes of family and home life, African themes, African American themes, portraiture of women, classic still life imagery, and cubist inspired geometric imagery.

Benny “Mjumbe” Sorrells was born in Austin. He lived in Oakland and San Francisco in the 1960s where he both studied and taught art. During this time, he was also a part of the Beat movement’s art and music scene.

Mjumbe has been a major contributor to Art From the Streets for the last seven years. Whenever exhibited, his work is well received by audiences because his pieces are affordable and collectible for their distinct qualities. In 2007 Mjumbe’s work was selected for “The People’s Art of Austin Exhibit” at City Hall.

Join us on Saturday May 30th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at New East Gallery for a chance to talk to Benny “Mjumbe” Sorrells and enjoy what promises to be an exciting exhibition!