The next stop for the renowned Harlem Fine Arts Show is a long way from the storied Manhattan neighborhood, but in a setting that is also significant in African-American culture: the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. The traveling show of African Diasporic art will be on display August 10-12 for art enthusiasts.
In addition, there will be author talks and a “Discussion on the Lawn” about civil rights and race, moderated by NewsOne’s editorial director Sheryl Huggins Salomon and featuring civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis, journalist Pamela Newkirk, and scholar Rev. Jonathan “Jay” Augustine, among other guests.
Check out the slide show for a preview of the art that will be on display, and find out more about the show at HFAS.org.
1. My Brothers KeeperSource:Jonathon Romain
Jonathon Romain – painter, photographer, entrepreneur, speaker and advocate – has been an artist for most of his life and a successful gallery-owner for nearly 15 years. His work has been showcased at: The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The National Black Fine Art Show in New York.
2. Natural Woman TooSource:Andrew Nichols
Brooklyn-born Andrew Nichols depicts positive African-American images in his artwork.
3. Unknown work in AcrylicSource:Sara Moreira
Sara Moreira is a Brazilian painter whose images evoke eroticism, relationships, power, and love. She brings to the Harlem Fine Arts Show works inspired by her native Brazil and artists like Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, and Matisse.
4. EducationSource:Frandy Jean
Frandy Jean is an award-winning self-taught artist and illustrator raised from humble beginnings in Haiti. Jean’s non-traditional use of watercolor is used to create hyper-realistic surreal imagery with a social message.
5. What You Sow Is What You Reap Natacha EstavatSource:Jeanna Staples and Stephanie Danforth
Artists Jeanne Staples and Stephanie Danforth, both year-round Martha’s Vineyard residents, have been deeply immersed in social aid projects seeking to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Staples is the founder and executive director of PeaceQuilts, and Danforth makes sure the money her art brings in goes directly to helping provide education for children in Kenya.
6. ReflectionSource:Michael Escoffery
The art of Jamaican-born Michael Escoffery transcends boundaries as he captures the essence of sexual pleasures or the beauty of the female form. Yet, he is also deep into the history of his people. He has exhibited in over 160 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows worldwide.
7. Small Round TeapotSource:Jim Byrd
Jim Byrd created Nkosi Distinctive Imported Crafts, LLC, to import and sell unique one-of-a-kind, hand-made works created by Black South African master craftsmen and women.
8. My DaySource:Ted Ellis
Ted Ellis is a self-taught artist who paints “subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life, particularly, African-American culture and history” as he knows it. 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 walk from Selma to Montgomery.
9. 300 Slick 41Source:George Nick
George Nock, former running back with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, is a self-taught artist with an intrinsic ability to capture “the moment” with versatility in bronze, often reflecting life’s experiences.
10. Visage FlueriSource:Jean Claude Langaneur
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jean Claude Legagneur is a painter with a predilection for figurative art. His self-developed style of painting combines elements of Impressionism, Pop Art, and Abstractionism.