Sunday, October 30, 2011

"Art for Change" in Southampton

Join us June 25th & 26th in Southampton
"Art for Change"

Nationally renown artists and lovers of art will gather from 4 ‐ 7p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the 4 North Main Street Gallery in Southampton for a reception and gallery talk to benefit the East End African American Museum and Literacy Suffolk. A donation of $30 is requested.

Artists Frank Frazier and Robert Carter, master jeweler Panchita Carter, Brazilian painter Ernani DaSilva, Minna Dunn, photographers Teri Boddie, Deborah Jack, and Vanessa Greene, and mixed‐media artist Terry Richardson will all present new work. All works will be available for sale.

The proceeds from the artist reception and gallery talk will benefit two important Long Island nonprofit organizations: Literacy Suffolk and the East End African American Museum and Center for Excellence. Established in 1978, Literacy Suffolk has helped thousands of adults to acquire the skills necessary to realize their potential and become fully participating members of society. Like so many nonprofits, Literacy Suffolk has been hit hard by the economic conditions of the past few years. Decreasing public and private financial resources means even the best organizations are struggling to survive. In 2006, the board of directors of the East End African American Museum acquired an historically important building, the former site of Randy's Barbershop in the heart of Southampton. They now need to raise the funds to restore the facility and establish a permanent home dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and celebration of African American art and history.

The exhibit is the first of what will become an annual art show and benefit produced by "365 Art for Change," a Glen Cove‐based philanthropy, in association with "Diaspora Vibe," a Miami, Florida arts presenter. Founded by Vanessa Greene, who is herself a photographer, "365" seeks to use art to support good work by community‐based organizations to improve the quality of life on Long Island and beyond.

The show is being hosted by the "4 North Main Gallery" in Southampton. The exhibit hours are Saturday, June 25th, Noon ‐ 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 26th, Noon ‐ 6 p.m. Admission is free, except for the hours of the benefit.

Some-where | No-where, You Can Live in Paradise

International Cultural Exchange – Barbados
May 4 – 9, 2011

(Miami, Florida) Feb. 1st - Wednesday May 4th to Monday May 9th, Queen’s Park Gallery, Queen’s Park, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados will be hosting an International Cultural Exchange (ICE), in association with The National Cultural Foundation (NCF), The Arts Council England and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator of Miami, Florida. This is a unique experience, in which artists from diverse backgrounds, working in various media, converge to explore the concept of 'cultural diaspora', intellectually, and creatively.  This is the 13th exchange organized by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, but is the first for Barbados, as host country.

“Some-where | No-where” You Can Live in Paradise Forever, is an exhibition curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace in Miami and is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. 

Gordon-Wallace’s approach is embedded in the artist’s sensuality, proving that it is possible to disseminate a clearly political message without sacrificing the beauty and subtlety of the work. This action does not refer to any direct political action, it is more like an aesthetic intervention that permeates between social and private; examining the images that most travelers imagine when asked to visualize images that remind them of the Caribbean islands. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator has worked with contemporary Caribbean artists for the past fourteen years pushing the envelope of images created in the Diaspora and the islands. However, we have not been a trendsetter in showing rich, textured and varied cultural traditions and artistic talents in celebrating these traditional images. By virtue of the concentration of this genre of work being created by artists in the South Florida area and the islands, it reinforces the importance and the need to support its creation.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to assess the influence of globalization on the compositions of our contemporary artists working as they do in the United States and England, an environment shaped by the intersection of multiple and different cultures. Looking at the body of work presented in this exhibition, it is possible to obtain a valuable perspective on the direction of the work of our artists in the Diaspora. Lastly, by bringing together the participating artists with audiences from the art and culture community, key government officials and Consular representatives, members of international organizations interested in this area, the exhibition creates an opportunity for a seminal dialogue on ways of appreciating work from the Caribbean and perhaps a different interpretation of placement of this work.

The artists selected to exhibit in this one-month expo have all been engaged in the dialog of what the definition of Caribbean Art is. Many of these artists were not born in the region, some have parents from the region and several are practioners of the process of "cross-fertilization in the quest for identity and certitude" described by Professor Rex Nettleford. Artists will travel from the United Kingdom, Miami, New York, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. 

This exhibition partners with Urbanflo, a socially engaged collective of arts professionals who share a vision of equality and excellence in the cultural sector. We specialize in participatory and inclusive initiatives, offering expert advice and creative support to individuals, groups and organizations.

Artists: Alejandro Contreras, Carlos Alejandro, Jean Chiang, Danny Ramirez, Jacquenette Arnette, Wura Ogunji, Patricia Roldan, Rodney Jackson, Selina Roman, Teri Richardson, Jenni Lewin-Turner, Carol Campbell.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Caribbean Crossroads Breakfast at the Gallery

Please come into the gallery to join us each morning from 9:30 - 10:30 am for our Caribbean Crossroads Fest Breakfast, a light treat of something tasty with artist conversation. Each day there will be different artists, speaking of where their work began, where they are now, and where they would like to take their ideas.

Exhibition Dates
November 30 - December 6, 2010

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm

3938 N. Miami Avenue
Miami Design District
Miami, FL 33127