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'Urbana' Photographs By Major Morris


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until January 7, 2012[days & times]
  • WHERE ArtHatch, 317 East Grand Ave., Escondido, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Distinction and ArtHatch are pleased to present Major Morris “Urbana”. A stunning display of black and white photographs by ninety-year-old Morris, many of which have never been printed. The exhibit will open at the gallery on December 10th, from 6-10 pm and will be on display through January 7, 2012. Morris will be present for a meet and greet. In addition we will have dancers from Orange Glen Dance Company performing in the gallery at 7pm and 8pm. This event will be highlighted with special discounts throughout our 14 studios and art supply store featuring over 30 local artists and beer compliments of Stone Brewery for those 21+.

A few of Morris’s significant life events include being drafted into the army after being denied volunteer entry due to the fact that he is African American- Major ended up being part of the 92nd Infantry Division- (aka Buffalo Soldiers the only segregated unit to see combat during World War ll), surviving through the great depression, and after never finishing high school at the age of 52 he attended and graduated from Harvard University and later become a professor.

In a city where racial tension is a part of daily life this exhibit will serve as a reminder that we are all the same underneath; what truly sets us apart is how we choose to treat others in our daily lives.

The exhibit will consist of 23 of Major’s most significant black and white photographs created over the past seventy years, primarily in the fifties and sixties, including many never before seen works and several exhibited large scale.

Opening reception is December 10th at 6 p.m.

During the past 7 years Walker has curated and presented 65 exhibitions that have been hosted at ArtHatch (formerly Distinction). Walker first met Morris in 2006. The two have been close friends ever since.

Exhibition will be held from December 10, 2011 – January 7, 2012.

This exhibition would not be possible without our generous in kind sponsors Stone Brewery, Will Gibson, Kurt Lightfoot, Digital One, South Frames, and Distinction Gallery.

ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

A variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available for purchase.

Location: ArtHatch, 317 East Grand Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 Google Maps

*in 2010 we received our 501(c)(3) status and became known as ArtHatch. Management remains the same, but we will soon be expanding our programs even further. We are also now able to accept donations in exchange for a tax receipt, which if successful, will help us remain in existence.

All art sales will now be handled online at

ArtHatch & ArtHatch Art Supply Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, & Saturday 12-5pm

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Exterior image of Distinction also known as ArtHatch.

Above: Exterior image of Distinction also known as ArtHatch.


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