To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject

 

City to Host 2016 Black History Month Art Exhibition

BasquiatRichmond, VA – The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a group art exhibit featuring area African-American artists at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The art exhibit titled “To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject” will open on Feb. 5, 2016 with a Meet the Artists reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until March 4.

This exhibition will feature images of African-American males in various media including photography, ceramics, paintings, textile art, and more.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule tours please contact Curator, Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

 

Source: Curator Shaunn Casselle, City of Richmond, Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities

Image: “Basquiat” by artist, RVA native and East Carolina University graduate Jason Ford

Cuba Came to RVA

Cuban artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalona spent a week’s residency with youth at Pine Camp Art and Community Center’s summer art program in the Ginter Park neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. This has been a great experience for our RVA youth (and staff) to have an international artist give instruction on several art projects, among them a mural, located in the art studio.  The art department at Pine Camp is under the leadership of manager, Diane Hayes and outreach coordinator and curator, Shaunn Casselle.  Stay tuned … the next stop in RVA for Salvador will be the creation of a mural at The Hotchkiss Recreation Center located in the historic Highland Park neighborhood.

Cuban Artist Sal led youth on this Mural

Salvador is an international known artist specializing in murals, abstract canvas paintings and sculptures among his repertoire. Here is a video on Salvador’s inspiration and passion for art ….

Video Source: You Tube

“Isn’t She Lovely?” Indeed!

Photograph by Darryl Wingo
Photograph by Darryl Wingo
Photograph by Rashada St. Louos
Photograph by Rashada St. Louis

Curator Shaunn Casselle is featuring the stunning photography of David Wingo and Rashada St. Louis among the 20 contemporary fine artists for her “Isn’t She Lovely” exhibit for Black History Month. The opening reception takes place Friday, February 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227. Please visit the exhibit daily, Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 13.

For further information, contact curator Shaunn Casselle at 804-646-6722.

“Isn’t She Lovely”

Maryland-based artist Larry 'Poncho' Brown's painting "Ribbons of Life" is featured in the City of Richmond's cultural arts division's Black History Show "Isn't She Lovely," opening February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The show takes place at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227, 804-646-6722. Curator: Shaunn Casselle
Maryland-based artist Larry ‘Poncho’ Brown’s painting “Ribbons of Life” is featured in the City of Richmond’s cultural arts division’s Black History Show “Isn’t She Lovely,” opening February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The show takes place at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227, 804-646-6722. Curator: Shaunn Casselle

Curator Shaunn Casselle blends together 20 contemporary fine artists for this February 13 opening of the Black History exhibit “Isn’t She Lovely.” Representation from Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland include: Sukenya Best, Philip “Muzi” Branch, Larry “Poncho” Brown, S. Ross Browne, Alvin Burts, Karen Buster, Unicia Buster, Dawn Cherry, Calvin Coleman, Jay Durrah, Hamilton Glass, Julian Greene, Jeromyah Jones, Jerome Jones, Martha Jones-Carter, David Marion, Rashada St.Louis, Earle P. Taylor, Sir James L. Thornhill, Darryl Wingo, Dennis Winston and promising youth artist, Nia Campbell.

Throwback Selfie

Throwback Selfie, October 9, 2014
Throwback Selfie, October 9, 2014

This is my selfie with internationally known muralist Esther Mahlangu, of South Africa. She is seated in front of one of two, 9×15 feet murals she painted (on canvas) with her granddaughter Marriam Mahlangu at the entrance of the African Art wing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, Virginia.  These two murals are the only Mahlangu works of art available in the United States of America.  What an honor it is for us to have representation of the South African Ndebele people. Many thanks to African Art curator Robert Woodward and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art family and sponsors for making this possible.

DREAM BOLDLY

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go”
(Joshua 1:9, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

When you look out into your future, what do you see? What are the dreams and desires that you hold close to your heart?

So many people start with bold dreams, but then opposition comes. Life doesn’t turn out the way they planned. They lose a loved one or encounter difficulty they didn’t anticipate. Today, if that’s you, I want to remind you that the Creator of the universe designed you with specific gifts and talents that no one else has. He has you on this planet for a specific purpose. When you commit your life to Him, He promises to be with you wherever you go. Even though some things in life may have caught you by surprise, they didn’t catch God by surprise. His good plan for your life remains. You can trust Him because He loves you with an everlasting love, and He doesn’t want to see you settling for anything less than His very best.

I want to encourage you to be bold, be strong and be courageous. Put aside the past and lift up your eyes to Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. Live boldly and dream boldly so you can embrace the good things He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father God, today I come boldly to You. I open my heart and mind to Your Word. Fill me with Your strength today; fill me with Your hope, and keep me close to You always as I put You first in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen