The Brotherhood of Color

Argenta Gallery of North Little Rock is proud to present “The Brotherhood of Color,” an
art exhibit showcasing the art of Rex DeLoney.
“The Brotherhood of Color” is a collection of Mixed Media paintings by Rex DeLoney
exploring the men that formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP). In
1867, industrialist George Pullman developed the Pullman Cars, which were luxury
trains with sleeping and dining compartments staffed with recently freed slaves as
porters. Porters were trained to serve travelers every want and need for Pullman’s hotel
on wheels. The exhibition portrays the strength and character of the African American
Pullman Porters that travelled the railways enduring long hours, low wages, and
lingering mistreatment; nevertheless, these immaculately manicured men fought,
organized, and negotiated to form the first Black Labor union in 1925 under the
leadership of A. Phillip Randolph. “My goal in starting this visual journey back in time
was to use the emotional impact of color to interpret the stories behind the historical
images and stories of the proud men that were the forerunners to the Civil Rights
movement in America.

Rex DeLoney is an Art instructor and Fine Arts Department chairman at Little RockCentral High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. DeLoney holds a B.A. in commercialart from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and an M. Ed from CentralWashington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Mr. DeLoney’s colorful images havegarnered many regional and national awards and are prominently displayed in privateand public art collections across the United States, most recently, the Arkansas ArtsCouncil Purchase Award in the 2018 Small Works on Paper Exhibition and the ActorsAssociates Merit Award in the 23 rd Annual Actors Theatre of Louisville African AmericanArt Exhibition.
An opening reception will be held at Argenta Gallery on Friday, February 16, 2018 from
6:00pm to 9:00pm. “The Brotherhood of Color” will be on display at Argenta Gallery
from February 16 through April 15, 2018. Appointments for private viewings can be
made by contacting Will Hogg at 501-416- 0973. Argenta Gallery is located at 413 Main
Street, North Little Rock, AR.