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Gallery hosts Kwanzaa celebration Friday

The public is invited to a Kwanzaa celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th St. in Oak Park. The Kwanzaa Gala features African drumming, poetry, music, candle-lighting ceremonies and a panel discussion. Participants are asked to bring a dish for the k aramu, or feast, and new caps, scarves and gloves for homeless infants, children, women and men. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Area Black Caucus, the Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley and the Brickhouse Art Gallery.

Behind the news: Kwanzaa is an African American and pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture. Its origins are in the first harvest festivals of Africa, from which the holiday takes its name. Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “ matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, the most widely spoken African language. Observed every year from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Info: www.thebrickhousegallery.net

SMUD’s ‘Beliefs’ exhibit features 13 artists

“Beliefs,” the SMUD Art Gallery’s ongoing exhibit of works by 13 Sacramento area artists, is open free of charge to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in SMUD’s customer service lobby, 6301 S St. in Sacramento. The artworks explore belief systems, the focus of an awareness program by the utility to expose its employees to the beliefs of their colleagues and the community they serve.

Behind the news: The SMUD Art Gallery is part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program. The “Beliefs” exhibit features paintings, mixed media, ceramic and digital painting by such local artists as Brenda Boles, Tonia Colleen Martin and Vinay Sharma.

Info: www.smud.org