SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
carnegie library of washington | 801 k. street nw | WASHINGTON, DC 20001
opening night | Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 6pm – 11pm
Open to the Public
Fine Art Show Exhibit & Sales
Food & Cash Bar
Fundraiser w/ Old Dominion Foundation & Alumni Association of Lincoln University
Live Music w/ Cliff Lee Plus Three
Friday, September 16, 2016
Youth Empowerment (NOT open to the Public) 9am – 3pm
(Click HERE to get your students registered)
Art & Hip-Hop 6pm- 2am Open to the Public
$30/ on-site discount for CBC members with credentials
Fine Art Show Exhibit & Sales
DJ / Cash Bar / Light Hors d’oeuvres
Saturday, September 17, 2016
$30/ on-site discount for CBC members with credentials
Fine Art Show Exhibit & Sales w/ Documentary Presentation 10am – 4pm Open to the Public
Fine Art Show Exhibit & Sales w/ DJ / Cash Bar / Light Hors d’oeuvres 7pm – 2am Open to the Public
Sunday, September 18, 2016
$25/ on-site discount for CBC members with credentials
Fine Art Show Exhibit & Sales 12pm – 6pm Open to the Public
THIS YEARS FEATURED ARTISTS
Born in Brooklyn New York, Andrew discovered that he had a gift of drawing at an early age. He began expressing himself through pencil on paper in elementary school and soon began receiving formal Art awards, his first being at age nine. The signal was clear to those around him or to anyone who viewed his early work, that Andrew had a true talent. Andrew continued to win awards throughout junior and senior high school. His artworks remained displayed at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn New York. Andrew continued his education and art expression at Kingsboro Community College. It was during this time in his life that he developed a passion for oil on canvas. Andrew began to tour the region selling his original oils. He was soon displaying his artworks at the Jacob Javits Center, Pratt Institute and one man shows. Andrew expresses positive African American images through his artworks. He projects his passion of the family as a strong loving unit. Andrew often transfers his love for children to his canvas. He expresses life beginning on a canvas painting called “Welcome to the World”. Nichols is best known for some of his latest artworks like “Goodnight” “Harmony”, “Sisters” and “Good Morning” just to name a few. When asked about a heart-felt moment, Andrew sites when several members of the New Jersey Nets purchased his oil originals as “defining” for him.
Andrew’s message tot he world community is, “We are all role models to each other in one way or another. Always be positive because somebody is looking up to you, known or unknown. Stay focused on your dream, do not be afraid to express your passion. Just as I transfer my feelings and inspiration to canvas, you are transferring your positive strength to others.”.
The primary inspiration for my art is creating a visual expression of the elements of life that connect us as human beings. I am most drawn to themes addressing cultural integration, how we define ourselves in relation to others, and biases that cause misunderstanding. I approach each piece differently – sometimes with a specific idea or subject, other times as an experiment in texture, color and design. In executing a piece of art I often use cultural motifs, symbols, text and related representations of ethnic, religious and racial identity. None of us can claim to be pure anything – we are only the latest version of millennia of mixing, matching, migrating and mingling. Whatever the inspiration, I layer materials both literally and figuratively, to provide and depth and dimension because I believe these elements reflect the richness of the fabric of life, and allow me to construct my own contemporary interpretation of timeless themes.
During an approximate 5 year period through 2003, Jim Byrd lived and worked in South Africa as an expatriate employee of Telcordia Technologies, Inc. During the initial period, Jim was part of a team responsible for international sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
After Telcordia won a government contract to upgrade the infrastructure of Telkom South Africa, Jim was appointed to manage the company’s Industrial Participation Program, as administered by South Africa Department of Trade & Industry. This mandatory program provided a mechanism for Telcordia to invest a portion of the contract back into the local economy. This was accomplished through a range of government approved projects, including building a state-of-the-art library in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.
Jim retired from Telcordia and started a rural economic development company working primarily in Limpopo Province, South Africa. However, his real passion involved supporting an international outreach for Black South African master craftsmen & women.
In 2007, Jim created Nkosi Distinctive Imported Crafts, LCC, (www.nkosiimportedcrafts.com, to import and retail the unique one-of-a-kind, hand-made crafts created by these extremely talented individuals.
The tag line for Nkosi Imported Crafts is, “A beautiful handcrafted work…..inspires.”
Come, join us in celebrating these gifted artisans whose works have been acquired for private and public art collections in the USA, and abroad.
For over 21 years since opening our first galleryit has been our mission to present the finest artworks by emerging artist from all over the country as well as many renaissance artist ofour time combined with ourever improving commitment to customer service and a desire to
present images that reflect our capacityfor human greatnessit is our belief that cultureis how a people celebrate themselves and define themselves on the map of human historyand world geography.
The joys of everyday life can be seen in abundance in the work of Diana Shannon-Young. Bright bold colors or a monotone pallet with a splash of color showing spiritual themes, musicals, landscapes and the joys of sisterhood are celebrated and come to life in her work. Having studied painting and printmaking at collegiate level and with well known artists, she chooses to explore the mixture of technique, texture and color using pastel, acrylic, oil and or watercolor, developing a unique style. Her work has an international appeal and has been seen in major exhibitions throughout the world. “I hope to enlighten the spirit and through art inspire brotherhood, family values and joy.”
Born to create, Samuel “Sammo” Augustin produces remarkable and often historical art work that change and inspire those who view it. He obtained his Masters in Fine Arts and Teaching Certification from Brooklyn College and Touro College and currently teaches art at the High School level in the NYC school system. Art is a way of life for Augustin and his works are sought by collectors. He exhibits internationally including the United Nations and Conde Nast.
Raised and educated in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African-American heritage history, Ted Ellis is a self-taught artist, celebrated by dignitaries in and out of the art community. Currently residing in Friendswood, Texas, Ellis’s work, according to US Congressman Randy Weber, evokes feelings of “empowerment and hope”. In addition to being commissioned by well-known brands such as Walt Disney Studios and Coca-Cola, Ted had the honor of being the official artist of two of the most historic events in US history. In March 2015, Ellis unveiled the commemorative art work, Bloody Sunday—Selma, 1965, for the City of Selma in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Ted’s Juneteenth Freedom Project was featured at the US Senate Building in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. Learn more about Ted and his work at www.TEllisFineArt.com.
Clifford Laing is a self taught artist and entrepreneur. Born in Harlem NY, he was able to build upon his craft by using his surroundings as his muse. As an inner city youth, Clifford’s visual representation came by way of graffiti ridden buildings, street art, subway trains and platforms, and his own creative passion for the arts. This experience became the foundation of his artistic inspirations and a way of escaping the traditional paths of most inner city youths.
Being raised in a single-parent home, Clifford wasn’t exposed to art in the traditional way. He didn’t go to art museums, nor did he attend art schools or universities. Instead his teachings consisted of him using his urban environment and experiences to create eclectic and upbeat expressions of art. Being a self-taught artist meant he could truly experiment with non-traditional and expressive ways of using paint & other mediums to portray his thoughts.
Clifford is a reserved, quiet force who communicates loudly through his art. He feels “Artwork is an expressive form of letting people see into your world and a way to relate to social experiences.” Clifford stepped out into the public eye in 2015 when he participated as a featured artist in the stage play “For the Love of It” in Brooklyn, NY. This exposure resulted in a sold-out exhibit that changed his perspective, turning what was once a hobby into him exploring this passion as a profession. Clifford has been able to take that passion and continue to participate in exhibitions, individuals displays and gallery shows in order to further expose him to broader audiences.
In the tradition of the great masters, Woodrow Nash’s consuming passion to elevate the human spirit takes the form of sculptures. He builds a sense of mystery and charisma into each sculpture. Through his pieces, Nash achieves his goal of integrating expression, complex symbolism and sophisticated aesthetics to yeild striking embodiments of the human soul and sensuality.
Some creative types seem to know what they want to do with their lives from the moment they are cognizant. For others, it is a fascinating, intellectual and emotional adventure, a journey of discovery – and a labour of love.
Born in the late 40’s in Akron, Ohio, Woodrow Nash is the product of sanctified churches, 1950â€™s television images, and black inner city neighborhood schools run by predominantly white middle-class educators. The young student immersed himself in art during an era when artists sought nothing less than old-fashioned honesty in their imagery.
I am bound by my personal experiences; I draw heavily upon the memories of my community culture, and the spirit of the people who gave me pieces of the
mselves along the way. They have helped me to become the artist that I am today. The central figures in my life, and in my art are African American wom
en. They have, for many years, formed a life sustaining force that I have benefited from wholly.
I am inspired by the supremacy of their moral capacity, and that inspiration drives me to rise above obstacles and enact effective change in my life. The life of the African American woman is a celebration of the human spirit, and I am always compelled to create prolific body of work dedicated to them.
Ernani Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he encountered many adversities. At an early age of four Ernani displayed artistic gifts, but his father discouraged any involvement with the arts. When he became a young man, he welcomed the opportunity to relocate to the United States, where he was further encouraged as an artist by Prof. H. Blake of Columbia University. Ernani is multi-lingual and well-regarded in international circles.
Silva developed a distinctive style which reflects his Brazilian cultural influence of Native lineage. His creations are a mixture of his rich spiritual heritage and history woven into painting that depicts his love of dance, music, nature, and community. Silva is passionately attracted to the expression and emotion of his traditional music and the spiritualism of Brazilian ceremonies and rituals. Silva’s palette is the alchemy of that speaks a sensual language, which gives the viewer a glimpse of his intense celebrated reality, through an intoxicating palette of opaque colors and expression. He has extensive exhibition, teaching and curatorial experience in a wide variety of venues over a period of 40 plus years. His award winning work is on display throughout various galleries worldwide. Currently, Ernani “Cultural Movement of Rio de Janeiro” to bring a full exchange of education through, visual art, music, culinary, language, history and tourism in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Ernani Silva is one of the most prolific artists of the 21st century. He produces only original ©, one-of-a-kind works. Each piece represents a unique illustration of the spiritual vision he is working to express.
E&S Gallery, Inc. (E&S) was established in Louisville, KY in 1989 by Walter Shannon. Today, E&S is operated by Shannon and wife, Cathy. Over the course of 25 years, E&S grew from a 2,500 square foot strip mall location, to it’s current location – an 11,000+ square foot gallery, custom framing and art publishing company.
E&S is an award winning gallery with a reputation of providing clients with exquisite, award winning custom framing and collectible artwork. In 2015, E&S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in The U.S.” by American Art Awards. E&S specializes in original and limited edition fine art graphics, prints, and sculpture by African American artists ranging from prominent old master like Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Mayhew, to highly sought after contemporary masters like Dean Mitchell, Twin, and Charles Bibbs to hot up and comers like Walter Lobyn, Sherry Shine, and Tammie Demessie.
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