Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge closes out the year with an extraordinary exhibition of works by Charles Smith, who has continuously made powerful figural sculptures expressing aspects of the African American experience since 1986. His sculptures are not created for, nor directed to, the mainstream “art world” but are rather gifts for his communities and those who encounter them. The theme was chosen by Smith as a tribute to African Americans who have made significant cultural contributions to the country. Honoring Our Own: Dr. Charles Smith opens Tuesday, October 24 in the Shell Gallery at the Cary Saurage Community Arts Center and remains on view through Dec. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.