Emerging Artists Wall Features Photography by Shabaka James

Photo Caption: Photographer, Shabaka James, will be featured on the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall for May/June 2017.

During the months of May and June the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space will feature the work of Shabaka James. The exhibit will be on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Shabaka James is portrait photographer based near Winston-Salem NC.  Since being introduced to the world of photography by his college advisor, Mr. James has been engulfed the medium. The artist’s craft has been heavily influenced by personal loss. James examines the images of imagination and the world around him through his photography.


“I set out to produce images that allow me to remember an interaction and an experience with another person,” says James. “Photography relieves a frustration that I have had for years and allows me to really connect with others. Doing so helps define my own humanity.”

The artist went on to share that his “works focus on non-traditional, offbeat portraits of people. I find every face interesting, special and beautiful.”

“One of the simplest joys that comes from my photography is when these people see their final images and they let me know that I have given them more More than what they expected, and hopefully more than what they had hoped,” the artist commented.

For Shabaka James, creating art is a vital part of everyday life. “Very rarely, does a day go by in which I don’t do something with my photography. It is how I live. “

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, the Friends of the Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.