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'Instruments of Harmony' coming to Black Heritage Gallery

Last Modified: Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:43 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

This Friday, Feb. 7, the Black Heritage Gallery, located inside the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, will open it’s new exhibit, “Instruments of Harmony” by Taufeeq Muhammad, and host a book signing by local author Sandra Semien for her book “It’s All in His Hands: The Journey With

David.” The opening will start at 6 p.m.

“It reminds me of artists out of New Orleans,” said Stella Miller, the curator for the Black Heritage Gallery. “That real rich flavor in the colors, I love.”

“With this particular show, we have different cubism and abstract and cubism paintings of different musical instruments with different kind of views and textures, very bold colors,” said Muhammad on the exhibit. “We’ll also have paintings of local and world renown musicians inside the show we’ll be having.”

Portraits will be done in impressionist style of iconic black artists such as Louis Armstrong, Henry Gray and Lionel Hampton. According to Muhammad, the term “instruments” should be not just used literally; but, as figuratively for the roles that these men played in history.

“What I was trying to express in the show is that the musicians are actually instruments themselves, not just for the instruments they’re playing; but, for which particular time frame they’re in and for the adversity they were facing for their time. They crossed a lot of different lines and boundaries for the time through their music.”

He enjoys painting different styles for the fact that he feels it keeps his work “fresh” and for letting him being known for being versatile with his art.

Muhammad, a resident of Baton Rouge, has several different gallery exhibits in the Baton Rouge area. When he’s not painting, he is still creating as an architect.

Local writer, Sandra Semien, R.N. will also be there to sign and discuss her book “It’s All in His Hands: The Journey With David” which chronicles her son’s struggle with learning disabilities. The book starts with her son, David’s, birth, and chronicles his struggles with learning impairments and moves through his school years including tutoring and his alternative schooling plans. Currently, he is a sophomore at University of Louisiana, Lafayette campus.

“My husband and I never used that as a crutch for him, from the beginning.” said Semien. “We have some funny stories in there, some that are heart tugging; but, it’s about parents never giving up on their children.”

Semien is currently pursuing her doctorate in education leadership and nursing administration. The book took over three years to write. Her daughter, Danielle, illustrated the front cover.

Her son is one of her biggest inspirations.

“He has taught me a lot. Just seeing him not giving up and perserving through things and not giving up, and that helps me.”

For more information on Taufeeq Muhammad, visit Sandra Semien’s book is now available to purchase on For information on the Black Heritage Gallery visit

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