(Courtesy SMC)

(Courtesy SMC)

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will be showing “African American Treasures: History and Art from the Collection of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey,” in accordance with African-American Heritage Month.

The collection is a rare and historically rich assembly of art and materials that has been exhibited throughout the United States since 2006. This is the first time pieces from the collection will be at an institution of higher education, SMC officials said.

The exhibit opens Tuesday, Feb. 12, with the opening reception being held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Before the reception, a book signing and gallery tour will be led by the Kinseys from 4 p.m. — 5 p.m.

The exhibit will feature 26 original works of art and nearly 40 original items, artifacts, articles, posters, graphics, writings, photos and books, said art gallery director Marian Winsryg.

The Kinseys, of Pacific Palisades, have been collecting items of historical and cultural significance throughout their more than 40-year marriage, exploring and celebrating their African-American heritage.

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. Gallery hours are noon — 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (310) 434-3434.

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