Sedona AZ (January 20, 2012) – “Art & Life Together Are Magic,” the photographic art of Merrill A. Roberts, Jr. and Dibor Roberts, will be on exhibit February 1 to April 1 at the Art Mart Gallery, 2081 SR 89A #11 in West Sedona. Meet the artists Sunday, February 5, 11AM-6PM
Merrill A. Roberts, Jr. is a world-class photographer who has captured the famous at work and on-stage. Photographs of Coretta Scott King, the Jackson 5, Duke Ellington, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Oprah Winfrey are part of the exhibit. Merrill’s work has appeared in the NY Times, the New York Daily News, Penthouse, Downbeat, Billboard, Ebony, Jet, and Essence magazines. His photography, both film and digital, has been described as equal parts biography, commentary, and documentary. He has trained his eyes, as he says, “to see what I saw, when I did not see it, and to see what was not there but was there when I first looked at the subject.”
As a member of the New York Working Press, Merrill captured on film some of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. His work is a visual record of the trials, triumphs and evolution of Blacks in America. Merrill’s work honors pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.
Merrill and his wife Dibor reside in Cottonwood. You are invited to share their world of landscapes, portraits, travel, personal documentaries, black and white photography, and more. Included in the exhibit are Merrill’s photos of the life-changing event, the nightmare in 2007 when Dibor was arrested on her way home from her nursing assistant’s job in the Village of Oak Creek. In July 2011 the Yavapai County Prosecutor “set aside” Dibor ‘s conviction which means in the eyes of the law it never happened. The Art Mart is open Sunday 11-6; Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM.