“Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition” At the Center For Creative Education Offers Unique Stories Through Eyes, Hands And Lips Of The Artists Themselves

“Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition” at the Center for Creative Education is being produced by A.T.B Fine Artists & Designers LLC.  Opening on September 10th with a Public Reception, “Collaboration” will continue through October 21st with lectures, art demonstrations, artists talks and more. The focus is to show another aspect of art & culture in a community that many people in Palm Beach County have yet to experience. This year’s group includes artists who are originally from, reside in or are represented in the State of Florida. We believe that with the partnership of CCE & A.T.B. the “Diaspora” will be another great success.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the Exhibition, a few sneak peeks and how to RSVP.  Some of these events are FREE, but you MUST RSVP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us for the Opening

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 6-8:30 PM

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education

Suggested $10 Entry:

(Charitable Donation to CCE’s mission in helping children learn through the arts)

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The exhibition runs from September 3-October 21, 2016.

http://www.atbfineartists.com/2016/06/collaboration-african-diaspora.html

 

 

 

 

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“Contemplating” by Michel Basquiat

 

 

 

Their vision is to have an African Diaspora (The African diaspora was the movement of Africans and their descendants to places throughout the world – predominantly to the Americas). Trina and Anthony Burks explain,”  The concept of art itself does not have to be in reflection of the diaspora”.

 

 

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Curators of “Collaboration”, Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade burks

“This is the third installment of the exhibition. Originally created in 2013, the African Diaspora had displayed a vast variety of artists from around the country. We have achieved this not simply hanging art on a wall or sitting it on a pedestal. It was accomplished by unique story telling through the eyes, hands and lips of the artists themselves”.

 

SAVE  THESE  DATES:

GET TICKETS FOR THESE EVENTS:

 

Sept. 10 – Opening

6pm-9pm

RSVP

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboration-african-diaspora-exhibition-opening-tickets-26012533187

Sept. 17-Brunch & Lecture

12pm-3pm   Tickets $35 (Limited Seating)

RSVP

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboration-african-diaspora-exhibition-brunch-lecture-picnic-style-tickets-26891550351

Oct. 1-Meet The Florida Highwaymen

10am-4pm

RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboration-african-diaspora-exhibition-presents-the-florida-highwaymen-tickets-27034864006

Oct. 8- Meet The Artists & Marketplace

12pm-4pm

RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboration-african-diaspora-exhibition-meet-the-artists-marketplace-tickets-27048894973

Oct. 15-Artist Rodney Jackson reads Rocko’s Big Launch

12pm-2pm

RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rodney-jackson-presents-rockos-big-launch-tickets-26909748783

 

INTRODUCING SOME OF THE ARTISTS:

 

 

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Artwork by Anthony Burks Sr.

 

 

Anthony Burks Sr.

Anthony Burks is one of the most unique conceptual artists in America. His paintings mix colored pencils, watercolor, pen, and ink, and are characterized by his unusual choice of colors. Whether depicting birds, animals, or people, Anthony is able to convey the intertwining of their beauty and their strength. He chooses his subjects because of what they mean to him, and he tells their stories through his combination of realistic forms, bright colors, and abstract images. Anthony is also co-curator of the exhibition.

 

 

Jonathan Knight

Dr. Jonathan Knight’s mission is to provide the highest quality of fine art available, share his creative vision with all interested viewers and collectors, and continue educating and informing art enthusiasts about collecting, supporting and appreciating fine art of all kinds. Dr. Knight is no stranger to Palm Beach County. In 2000 Sunfest used one of his paints for their Commemorative Print. (work has been also affiliated with Albrecht Kemper Museum Of Art, Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches, United Industries CO, Stowers Institute, Anheuser Busch Corporate Art Collection just to name a few)

 

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Artwork by Ore’al Blunston

Ore’al Blunston

Ore’al Bluntson is a professional artist located in West Palm Beach, Fl. She enjoys painting with acrylics as her primary medium. Ore’al has an abstract expressionist style that is riddled with African overtones.

 

 

 

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Artwork by R. Jackson

 

 

 

 R.Jackson (Book signing & reading on October 15, 2016)

R. Jackson is a visual artist, award-winning illustrator, and art director. The Homestead, Florida resident is was an artist in residence at the KROMA Miami Gallery in Miami, Fl & is presently now the director of the gallery. He states “As a visual director, I’m known among my colleagues as someone with a strong work ethic who is not afraid to push boundaries. I am constantly surveying my surroundings for concepts that can be expanded or improved. I am also trying to find the empty spaces where new ones should exist.”

 

 

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Artwork by Addonis Parker

Addonis Parker

Addonis Parker is a Miami artist who was nicknamed “Giant” as a child. His 6’8″ frame, is slightly intimidating at first. But his larger than life paintings speak volumes of this gentle teddy bear of a man. “I am a student of creativity and expression. My life is simply an open book to the inner world of our urban fabrics but the key to the underworld of self-truth, through the eyes of Addonis.”

 

 

For more information:

A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC: Save the Dates
Save the Dates Opening Reception, Sept. 10th RSVP HERE Brunch & Lecture Sept. 17th RSVP HERE (Limited Seating) Meet The Florida Highwaymen Oct. 1st RSVP …

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The Rickie Report

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Continuum WPB ARTS Pop-Up Gallery Offers Exciting Events January 20 – 30th

CONTINUUM WPB Arts, a pop-up gallery and performance space is presented by West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District presents and ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC. Taking place in conjunction with Art Synergy ARTWEEK2016 and ArtPalmBeach, all of the events held at  522 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach (formerly Authentic Provence). The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks and urges you to Mark Your Calendars!

 

 

 

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522 Clematis Street WPB, FL 33401

(formerly Authentic Provence)

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Over 50 artists
  • Two Charities
  • VIP Night Black Tie & Sneakers
  • Live Art Installation
  • Celebrate the Artists
  • Body Painting Battle 2016
  • Quarter Auction/ Artist Market Place
  • Art Cake Battle
  • KeyFrame Motion- Art In Motion
  • Brunch and Lecture
  • Panel Discussion
  • Refreshments
  • Entertainment
  • Benefit Sneaker Auction

 

SUPPORT THE ARTS!

Artists for 2016

 

Agata Ren  ◊ Alvaro Rojas ◊ Amy LaBonte ◊ Anthony Burks Sr. ◊  ◊Anthony Hernandez  ◊ Barry Seidman  ◊ Bonnie Bruner  ◊  Brian Wood  ◊  Carole Lebrun ◊ Caron Bowman ◊ Chad Steve ◊ Craig McInnis ◊ David German ◊ Dena Lyons
  ◊ Doreen Grasso ◊ Eduardo Mendieta◊
◊E. B. Fromkes ◊  Gary Kroman ◊  Genie Fritchey ◊  Georgeta Fondos ◊
Gisele Weisman ◊ Greg Matthews  ◊  Henriett Michel  ◊ Ilene Adams
◊ James Rabidoux ◊  Jane Ehrlich  ◊ Jena Thomas
 ◊ Joanne Urban ◊
◊Joel Cohen  ◊  Julia Longwell ◊ Karla Walter ◊ Kat Elagina◊ 
◊Kimberley Maxwell  ◊ Kristin Pavlick ◊ Leo Arbeznik ◊ 
◊ Lynn Doyal ◊  Mark “Bulks” Rupprecht ◊  Mark Walnock ◊ Melo ◊
◊Nicole Galluccio ◊ Orlando Chiang ◊ Paola Gracey ◊ Patricia Schwimmer ◊ Patrick Foucault ◊ Robin Wolfenden ◊
◊ Rolando Chang Barrero ◊ Sandi Pfeifer ◊ Sarah Knouse ◊
◊ Tracy Guiteau ◊ Tristyn Bustamante ◊ Victoria Bronfman◊
◊ Zbigniew  Kijak ◊

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATES – Event Calendar

 

 

 

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VIP Night Black Tie & Sneakers

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Private Preview 6:00 – 7:00pm
Open to the Public 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

 

 

  • The public is invited to join to the charitable event by donating a pair of sneakers, which will be donated to Faith’s Place Center for Education Inc. 
  • Music entertainment by Mr. Trombone
  • DJ – Smooth Bounce Entertainment
  • Steel Drum performance by the students from Faith’s Place under the musical direction of Noble Lockhart-Mays
  • Silent auction featuring hand-painted sneakers for men, women and children with all proceeds being donated to Faith’s Place.
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages

 

Curators

Curators of “Continuum”  Anthony Burks Sr., Trina Slade Burks, Craig McInnis

Celebrate the Artist

Friday, January 22, 2016   6:00 – 10:00pm

 

  • Enjoy music by DJ Cole.
  • This event benefits the Center for Creative Education, Inc.
  • 100% of donations at the door goes to the charity. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to attend.
  • Award Ceremony for the Artists
  • Live body painting by Raquel McInnis
  • Live Art installation – Battle of the Cubes, Sponsored by Canvas Art Charities
  • Celebrity Bartender – Cecily Mathis
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (Tito’s Vodka)

 

 

 

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Greg Matthews’  “Hounds of Wynwood”

 

Meet the Artists of “CONTINUUM”

Saturday, January 23, 2016   

 4:00 – 6:00pm

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Body Painters

Body Painting Competition and Fashion Show by Fashion Week West Palm Beach Inc.

Saturday, January 23, 2016   6:00 – 10:00pm

 

 

Body Painting Battle 2016
This year “CONTINUUM WPB” will be combining the Body Painting Contest & The Fashion Show. All four finished models (painted by 4 different artists) will participate in the fashion show after the body painting portion of the event.

 

 

Here are the competitors in the Body Painting Battle :

  • Sahily Perez, Mayling Pao, Kirsten George & Harold Caudio.
  • One prize of $400 for the winning team 
  • The prize will be presented after the fashion show.
  • Designers and Artists come together to create custom wearable art
  • Enjoy fashion
  • Music entertainment by DJ Cole 
  • Live Body Painting Competition Complimentary beverages (Perfect Vodka)

 

 

 

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Mr. Trombone

 

 

 

Quarter Auction/ Artist Market Place

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm

A quarter auction is part raffle, auction, fundraiser and sales bingo-style event.

 

 

  • A great opportunity have fun 
  • Raise money for a deserving charity
  • Win affordable art while patronizing the artists’ booths
  • Hosted by Cecily Mathis of the Jewelry Jamboree Quarter Auction.
  • Artists’ marketplace displaying moderately priced items by CONTINUUM’s exhibiting artists.
  • Charitable event to benefit Faith’s Place Center for Creative Education Inc.
  • Enjoy an evening of art and music entertainment by DJ Cole and DJ Kyle of Smooth Bounce
  • Entertainment

 

 

KeyFrame Motion

Friday, January 29, 2016   9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Join us for the one-day festival which showcases a year-long, regionally focused program of events concentrating on motion design and interactivity.

KeyFrame Motion will present motion graphics work created by talented artists locally and abroad.

Participate in contest and all day workshops.

This event is produced by Grapeseeker Advertising and Design.

 
For more information about KeyFrame Motion, please call (561)603-9647 or email info@keyframemotion.com.

Live Music – Acoustic Guitar by Craig McInnis

7:00   – 10:00pm

 

 

 

 

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Brunch and Lecture

Saturday, January 30, 2016    11:30am – 1:00pm

Spend your afternoon attending a panel discussion of art professionals who service the art community. Brunch will be served.

 

Moderator:Barbara Cheives

Panelists:

Durga Garcia
Gregory Dillard
Jane Grandusky
JoAnne Berkow
Raphael Clemente
Robert Guerrier
Suzanne Redmond

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Panel discussion of art professionals who service the art community. 

  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages

 

 

 

 

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Studio View from E.B.Fromkes

 

 

 

 

Meet the Artists of CONTINUUM

Sponsored by the Armory Art Center

Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:15  – 3:15pm

Learn about the exhibiting artists discussing their inspirations & creations of their work who are teaching artists from the Armory Art Center.

Dessert and coffee will be served.

 

 

 

Art Cake Battle

Saturday, January 30, 2016    6:00 – 10:00pm

  • Custom cake decorations
  • Combining the creative nature of art into custom designed cakes.
  • Cakes will be auctioned off after the winner is announced. 
  • Proceeds of the auction will benefit Faith’s Place Center for Creative Education Inc.
  • Local sponsor / Local celebrity judges
  • DJ Kyle of Smooth Bounce Entertainment

Suggested donations for sampling of cake (additional sheet of cake will be available for sampling)

 

 

About The Center For Creative Education:

 

The Center for Creative Education is an educational nonprofit that strengthens the presence of the arts in the classrooms of Palm Beach County, Florida. Today, our Teaching Artists work with thousands of children in schools and after-school programs throughout the County, as well as at our Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. A majority of the students we work with are considered “at risk” of educational failure. The arts-based programs we provide are a very powerful way to improve these students’ chances of success; both academically and personally. CCE also works with advanced students who benefit from the opportunity to delve deeply into subjects through the arts and develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills. At our Center, in the Northwood Village section of West Palm Beach,we provide arts instruction for children and adults, we host art shows in our Gallery and serve as a base for many community activities. It’s also home to our administrative offices.  For more information: www.cceflorida.org

 

 

About Faith’s Place Center For Arts & Education:

For the last 2 years we have partnered with a thriving music program in Pleasant City call Faith’s Place Center For Arts & Education. Faith’s Place is an organization that provides educational services to the community. We offer pre-shcool (VPK), homework assistance, FCAT tutorials and after school arts enrichment programs. We also provide S.T.E.A.M. (science. technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) lessons through Prime Time.  CONTINUUM WPB Arts Art Fair hosts a VIP Black Tie & Sneaker Fundraiser during our opening, where we auction hand-painted sneakers by our local artists. Proceeds for the sale of the shoes will go to the the charity. Admission into the event that night is a brand new pair of sneakers. (Formal attire with sneakers as footwear.) For more information about the Faith’s Place, Please their website http://www.faithsplacecenter.org/

 

 

For more information about Continuum please visit:

continuumwpb.blogspot.com

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

African Diaspora Exhibit, Book-Signing of The Mighty Nine, Lecture and Art Reception!

The Rickie Report reminds you that the Collaborative Exhibit, “African Diaspora Exhibition” is upon us! This is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.  There are a number of lectures and opportunities to take part in this exhibition. Don’t miss the Book-Signing on September 28th! More details are in this article.

 

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The exhibition that unifies people

through their artistic spirit

collaboration: (n) the act of working jointly.

 

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 A.T.B. and The Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL

 

A.T.B. in partnership with The Armory Art Center ( at 1700 Parker Avenue, WPB, FL) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

 

Show runs

September 20-November 9, 2013

 

Opening: Friday, September 20, 2013

6pm-9pm

 

Artists Panel: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12pm-4pm (Ticket sales for lunch prior to speaking engagement)

 

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Book signing of the Mighty 9

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013  12 -3 pm

 

Converge & Associates Consulting Hosts National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. West Palm Beach

    Chapter Evening of Art Wine & Cheese Friday, October 4, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

 

Collaboration started as a showcase of artists, presented in homes, businesses and other alternative spaces allowing artwork to be viewed by clients in a realistic or unusual environment. It allows the artists to intermingle with buyers one on one and develop a personal relationship with the public at large.

 

 

The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community was the brain child of husband and wife artist team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist and educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist and consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.

 

     

Artists :

Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins, Trina Slade-Burks a.k.a. Diz-E Image

 

Mighty 9 Writers:

The book is a collaborative of 9 African American female literary artists contributing to the Collaboration: African Diaspora Art Exhibition. The book illustrates the journeys of these 9 women to their life’s successes.  Their writing are in different formats. (Poetry, prose, short stories & Affirmations)
 
The book signing will be hosted by the Black Village Voice & publisher/author Trina Slade-Burks
 Sept 28th 12pm-3pm 
 
 
1700 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-7042
Authors :  Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks, Yulette Newman
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Kimberly Nyesha Smith

 

 

Angelina

Angelina Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trina Slade-Burks

 

 

Sponsors & Partners include:

Armory Art Center, ArtAfrica, Black Art America, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Creme de la Creme, Divinity Dance, Durga Garcia Photography, Irie Island Cuisine & Phat Bistro, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, P.A., Miss Jessie’s,  Singer Raquel Williams, Smooth Bounce Entertainment

 

 

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 Addonis Parker

 

 

 Al Burts:  

"Alvin"

 

 

Shawn D. Henderson, M.S, M.F.A:

 

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Simone de Bernard Mas: 

 

 

Jewelry Piece by Simone

For more information call:  Trina Slade-Burks  561-714-6674  or info@atbfineartists.com

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The Rickie Report is pleased to announce a Collaborative Exhibit, “African Diaspora Exhibition”!   The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community is the brain child of husband and wife artist-team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist/educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist/consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.  There are a number of lectures and opportunities to take part in this exhibition.  More details are in this article.

 

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The exhibition that unifies people

through their artistic spirit

collaboration: (n) the act of working jointly.

 

COLLABORATION-African-Diaspora

 

 

A.T.B. in partnership with The Armory Art Center ( at 1700 Parker Avenue, WPB, FL) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

 

Show runs from September 20-November 9, 2013

 

Opening: Friday, September 20, 2013

6pm-9pm

 

Artists Panel: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12pm-4pm (Ticket sales for lunch prior to speaking engagement)

 

The-Mighty-9-front

Book signing of the Mighty 9

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013  12 -3 pm

 

Converge & Associates Consulting Hosts National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. West Palm Beach 

    Chapter Evening of Art Wine & Cheese Friday, October 4, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

 

 

 

Collaboration started as a showcase of artists, presented in homes, businesses and other alternative spaces allowing artwork to be viewed by clients in a realistic or unusual environment. It allows the artists to intermingle with buyers one on one and develop a personal relationship with the public at large.

 

 

The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community was the brain child of husband and wife artist team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist and educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist and consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.

 

     

Artists :

Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins, Trina Slade-Burks a.k.a. Diz-E Image

 

Mighty 9 Writers:

Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks, Yulette Newman

Sponsors & Partners include:

Armory Art Center, ArtAfrica, Black Art America, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Creme de la Creme, Divinity Dance, Durga Garcia Photography, Irie Island Cuisine & Phat Bistro, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, P.A., Miss Jessie’s,  Singer Raquel Williams, Smooth Bounce Entertainment

 

 

Addonis Parker:  Artist Statement

Art to me is a form of extreme communion with God. Respectfully and with pride, I am a student of creativity and expression.  My life is simply an open book to the inner world of our urban fabrics but the key to the underworld of self-truth, through the eyes of Addonis.  I am a master of expressing the depths of emotion and the plight of a people, shunned, feared and disdained. I am a captain of the community of man through a visual port of my surroundings.

 

 

Addonis

Addonis Parker

 

 

Being self-taught –I will violate the art code to convey any message necessary to meet such an objective to save lives or strengthen a community. I am a witness to the hardship as well as the high levels of success of the men and women who dared to chase this venture alone; even before me, if none should come after.  My work is the eternal flame of voices which society chooses to ignore. I use symbolic rendering and spiritual undertones to convey my message as I have received it. Color, composition and structure are important instruments to strike emotional cords to one’s visual journey with the face of my spirit. With the presence of nature and elements of historical events; I feel that I must be a gatekeeper of my current time and experience.

 

"Addonis"

“Addonis”

 

I am an advocate for the freedom of expression. I find it necessary to include small forms of nature in my work. Nature holds the key to serenity and extreme craftsmanship from a higher source— God.  Another fact, being self-taught eliminates the fear of freestanding risk taking in my opinion. My work, to me is in fact intense, prophetic, thought provoking, spiritual, emotional, and maybe controversial. I have accepted this crown of distinction and all the disciplines it may provide.  I choose not to classify my work nor will I receive a commercial stamp to categorize my ability and thought process.

 

 

 

I am an American artist who just paints. I paint for the love of creation and the respect and honor of my past forerunners who had neither the opportunities nor the civil rights to become what I am today. It is my eternal pleasure to carry a brush and use it limitlessly. I will continue to be me in my work and in my community as well. Art to me is therapeutic but the essential foundation of every community around the world. The absence of the opportunity of art —–is the absence of civilization.

 

 

 

Al Burts:  “Even a Single Line May Convey an Emotion”

 

Al Burts is a skillful artist who uses the thin lines of a ballpoint pen, sometimes mixed with oil paint, to create bold works of art that display African American values in a dignified and powerful style. He works on a variety of surfaces including un-stretched canvas, paper and wood to displace his realistic and symbolic images inspired by the African roots of America.

 

Alvin Burts

Al Burts

Al Burts grew up in Alexandria, VA and received his formal training from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and a retiree of The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 

"Alvin"

“Alvin”

Burts is a two time Semi-finalist winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and will be exhibiting for the second time in Art Basel Miami Beach this December 2012. Burts has exhibited in the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL), International Visions Gallery (Washington, DC), T. Miller Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Evolve the Gallery (Sacramento, CA), and Gallery Guichard (Chicago, IL).

 

Shawn D. Henderson, M.S, M.F.A:

Shawn was born in Los Angeles, California, and has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember. The third child of six, her father, John Thomas Riddle, Jr., was a renowned painter, sculptor and art educator.

View from Side

View from Side

 

Shawn, herself a sculptor and painter whose work has been exhibited both locally and throughout the state of Florida, began teaching drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture at Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach County 14 years ago. Seeing a need, she recently began counseling children at Bak Middle School as well.  Shawn has earned a Master of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in 2000, and a Master of  Science in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

 

Shawn Riddle Henderson

Shawn Riddle Henderson

 

Shawn has served on the Education board of the Norton Museum of Art, the Armory Arts Center board, and the African American Artist Showcase board. She has also served as the Arts chairperson and Arts Scholarship chairperson for the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on the Executive Director Advisory Committee for the Riviera Beach CRA Marina District.

 

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Shawn believes that a child who is immersed in arts education from an early age excels academically, closing the achievement gap. Research has also shown that the arts help to transform communities by lowering crime rates, bolstering patronage of local businesses, and create a sense of community cohesion.

 

 

Simone de Bernard Mas: Artist Statement

 

 

Simone

Simone de Bernard Mas

As a metalsmith I’m constantly re-arranging molecules. The techniques that I’ve learnt are ancient so I’m constantly engaged in creating contemporary interpretations with metal. The objects that I create seek to capture the myriad textures and patterns that exist in our environment. In every physical moment our senses are made aware of the stimuli in nature that abounds, from animal to plant life, the sea to the sky, vast open spaces and even the landscapes of our own bodies. Unlike other art forms that hang on walls or sit on pedestals my work is meant to be worn, and experienced by the wearer.

 

Jewelry Piece by Simone

Bronze Cuff by Simone

Historically cultures have been defined by adornment of the body; although in current times jewelry has become more about fashion it still represents a sense of identity. My designs exhibit a very strong connection to the feminine and all it encompasses. Being female I strongly identify with nature and its need to constantly renew. I enjoy evoking an excited response from someone over a million year old fossil or texture from the core of a cactus plant. I’m always seeking to reflect nature at its best, something that will intrigue the wearer as much as I am intrigued with the process.

 

 

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