SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Harbor View Hotel | 131 N Water Street | Edgartown, MA 02539131
HFAS SHOW | Thursday, August 11th 1pm -10pm
(Opening Day with Polar Bears)
HFAS SHOW | Friday, August 12th 10am-10pm
(Youth Empowerment 10am – 12pm)
HFAS SHOW | Saturday, August 13th 10am-10pm
Harriett Tubman Brunch 11pm-3pm
Sunday, August 14th 10am- 6pm
(Open to the Public)
HFAS MARTHA'S VINEYARD
PLEASE ENJOY PICTURES OF OUR 2015 TOUR STOP IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD.
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.".
ASHLEY REID Fine Artist, Photographer, Video and Creative Director Ashley Reid is an artist’s artist. Born in Oakland, CA and raised in Atlanta, Georgia as the daughter to music industry icons Perri “Pebbles” Reid and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ashley was no stranger to photo and music video sets. A regular feature of everyday life, Ashley often played “photo shoot” with her friends, and mixed and mingled with some of entertainment’s top brass, even before recognizing her own talent and passion for the arts. Years later, after moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in 2005, Ashley’s unconventional and deeply moving personal approach to image-making was embraced by The Nowhere Gallery of Contemporary Art in Milan, who immediately signed on to represent the then burgeoning artist and her work. In 2006, her first solo exhibition, Devastatingly Good Times, which featured self-portrait tableaux vivants, received wide critical acclaim and paved the way for her continued work in solo and group art shows worldwide. In 2009, The Sandler Hudson Gallery of Atlanta, GA, took notice and became Ashley’s secondary representative for her fine art works. Ashley’s longings to be on set and direct her own commercial productions continued to grow. As a result, she launched Ashley Reid Photo, a multimedia production house that ironically pays homage to her days growing up on the frontline of the music business, while acting as a central hub to all of her creative ideas. The decision earned her editorial shoots with Billboard, Respect!, Creative Loafing, Uptown, Jones and STARK magazines; cover art and packaging shoots for Def Jam, Universal Motown and Twelve Music Group. Ashley’s credentials have expanded further as a producer for Submit The Documentary: a feature film exposing the virtual reality of cyberbullying, by Plat4m Studios.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, David J. Lawrence is a recipient of the prestigious “Creative Arts Award” of New York. This renowned artist believes that “the sign of a genuine work of Art is that it can stir our unconscious feelings and past emotional experiences, while also inspiring self-awareness and cultural integrity”. By virtue of this definition, David has blessed us with an enormous array of “genuine works of Arts”. David is recognized as a major contributor to the art of the 20th century because of the brilliant manner in which he visualizes his objects and scenes. David has had a life long ambition to be a professional artist. He has achieved this goal in such a manner that he has launched a national and international market for his originals and reproductions. Talent, coupled with an academic journey to refine his gift, has resulted in David’s name being mentioned as one of the most influential artist of our time. This quintessential American artist trained at the High School of Art and Design, and the prestigious Art Students League of New York, where fellow alumni include Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Rockwell, and Georgia O’Keefe. He also attended Long Island University, studying professional art and illustration.
CORINTHIA PEOPLES use of asymmetry became the line’s unique design style after making a mistake while dismantling a jewelry piece. Asymmetry reminds her of the human species in how we are perfection within imperfection, balanced within the plight of being balanced. The connection between wearable art and client services became the catalyst of women’s self exploration, self affirmation and self enlightenment. For CORINTHIA PEOPLES taking her own mind out of “THE BOX” and exploring possibility was her key to guided creativity. CORINTHIA PEOPLES latest collection this year, 2015 she plays with color, copper metal and she continues to push the limits of creating moveable wearable pieces. All of CORINTHIA PEOPLES pieces are hand-created. The designs are woman inspired and made for the sole purpose to encourage, affirm and express the complicated nature of women cross culturally. Through the spirit of, ‘why not’ vs ‘how come’.
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."
At the age of ten I attended the Art Students’ League where I enrolled in still life watercolor class. I had a wonderful teacher who understood the craft and how to translate still life into painting, without intimidation. That was when and where I considered officially becoming “an artist.” Fiorella Laguardia High School aka Music and Art is where I was able to further develop in the arts. Fast forward to college where I became totally disinterested in painting or art in general, and put my brushes down. Even then a nagging voice kept whispering “You should be painting” and deep inside I vacillated between listening and ignoring it. Many years, many experiences, and many life lessons later, I decided to take an art course at Parson’s School of Design. I slowly began to feel a renewed interest in painting. The six hour Saturday class included charcoal drawing, acrylic and oil painting, traditional still life, and abstract painting. An encouraging instructor helped to rekindle my confidence and ignite the passion. Still, my approach was as a casual hobbyist, on and off…but that nagging voice continued to ask “Why aren’t you painting.” This time, I answered “Why Not”!My focus on “diversity” at the Harlem Fine Arts Show is a continuation of an earlier work with this theme. We have conversations about diversity and how it translates in the world of work…but what is diversity at its essence? Nature teaches us about diversity, and metals are the most prevalent of approximately ninety naturally occurring (diverse) elements found on earth. Metallurgy is the study of the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements and their mixtures which are called alloys. This lens can guide and illuminate an understanding of those conversations and cover many other areas of life and our world. To understand diversity is to not see limits…right?
James E. Byrd – owner: Nkosi Distinctive Imported Crafts, LLC
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.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were also artists, Escoffery reminisces on receiving paintbrushes, paints and general art supplies as Christmas gifts. It was this early encouragement that Escoffery says convinced him at the early age of 10, that he wanted to pursue a career in art. He attended the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts- the leading arts Education Institution in the English speaking Caribbean. Upon graduation, he worked with major advertising agencies as a creative director, before migrating to the United States. Through it all, he has never lost sight of his goals and has worked consistently to build a reputation as a visual artist. He has exhibited in over 160 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows worldwide. Escoffery has been the subject of numerous television, radio, newspaper and magazine profiles and his work is published in over 70 books worldwide and in 9 languages. Escoffery has exhibited at galleries, Universities, corporate offices, Consulates, Embassies and museums throughout the Caribbean, North America and Europe. His works are included in such corporate, institutional and individual collections as Sun Life Insurance, Harvard University; Virginia State University; Hon P.J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica; Mr. Edward Seaga, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica; Hon. David Dinkins, Former Mayor of New York City; Roberta Flack, Entertainer; Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa; Congressman Charles Rangel and HRH Prince George, Crown Prince of Servenia. Like his heroes, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, Escoffery is also cutting a path for himself. His art transcends boundaries as he captures the essence of provocative sexual pleasures or the beauty of the female form. Yet, he is also deep into the history of his people. Escoffery has createda number of seminal series- “ABSTRACT REALISM" an on-going fascination with relationship between abstraction and realism; "ALL THAT JAZZ", A series of collages, works on paper and oils on canvas, exploring Jazz music; "ICONOGRAPHY" a series ofpaintings of everyday objects unique to the Jamaican culture; “MALCOLM X” , Thirty-five works on paper dedicated to the memory of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X; "STARS & STRIPES", fifty-six paintings of the American Flag in which he uses the American flag in ways its creator would not have dreamed, presenting it in every imaginable variety of folds and drapes thereby transcending its identity to pure form; “400 YEARS OF MY PEOPLE: , a total of 75 portraits and paintings depicting the African Diaspora Images portrayed in these works represent symbols in the struggle of African-Caribbean-American history throughout the past 400 years.
Jeanne Staples and Stephanie Danforth
Artists Jeanne Staples and Stephanie Danforth, both year-round island residents, have been deeply immersed in social aid projects seeking to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Both maintain careers as full-time, professional artists, but spend significant portions of their free time engaged in their respective projects. Jeanne Staples is the founder and Executive Director of PeaceQuilts, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), humanitarian organization relieving poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting independent women’s quilting cooperatives. PeaceQuitls works with about 100 women who create one-of-a-kind art quilts, reflecting Haiti’s rich cultural heritage. The organization provides training, materials, and educational opportunities and markets their one-of-a-kind art quilts with a goal of helping each cooperative become self-managed and self-sustaining. Jeanne is a classically-trained painter, educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the pre-eminent institution of American realism. A member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, she has taught painting and drawing at the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Rensellaer County Council for the Arts, and was Coordinator of Education for the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, and the New York State Governor's Mansion in Albany. Her interests range from the evocative and timeless landscapes of Martha's Vineyard, where she has lived and worked since 1993 - to figurative, narrative work, which often depicts Haitian friends and colleagues - to more modernist interests with her series of 3-D paintings which explores the nexus of traditional realism and popular culture. Jeanne is represented on the island by The Granary Gallery in West Tisbury.
Stephanie Danforth has been involved in Kenya since her first visit there in 2000. “My soul was touched forever by my experience.” Having had a previous career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, her love and care for children was solidified there. Since then, every dollar she makes with her art goes directly to helping provide education for children in Kenya. She returns every year to oversee their progress, and as she says “douse” them with love. “I believe very strongly in the concept of “pay it forward” and that is what my art allows me to do. My years in pediatrics and art blend together to make its purpose even more profound for me. It's my guiding belief that by educating and empowering girls, we are able to change the face of poverty.” Stephanie started her artistic career painting watercolors, but her work soon expanded to encompass a fascinating array of fine art which includes crafting abstract sculptural angels from found and antique objects, mixed-media works, oils and detailed handmade boxes. The Field Gallery in West Tisbury represents her on the island where patrons have been captivated by her paintings of luminous fruit, vegetables, children (some from Kenya), farm animals, and everyday items from the past. She is a former member of the New England Watercolor Society, and an award-winning member of the prestigious Copley Society of Boston.
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.
I am a mixed media artist specializing in abstract collage and acrylic painting. Raised in New Jersey, I lived in Boston and Los Angeles prior to moving to Portland in 1991, where I lived for 22 years. I currently reside in Washington, DC. I have pursued artistic interests all of my life, and while I am largely self-taught, I have taken many classes and workshops over the years where I was exposed to the techniques and design concepts that form the basis of much of my work. My early interest in the design of the man-made environment led me to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Design and Community Development at MIT. While working in the urban transit and planning field for over 25 years, I engaged in a parallel pursuit of art. Since 1999 I have been a full-time artist, teaching and showing my own work in exhibitions in addition to providing consultant services in arts programs. My project work has included painting murals for a variety of commercial, non-profit and private residential clients; serving as project coordinator for the 2002 Indian Art Northwest, Indian Art Market held at Waterfront Park in Portland, and managing all aspects of the multi-media installation art for the City of Hillsboro Civic Center complex. I have also served as President of the Oregon Watercolor Society and as Curator for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts and Crafts Faire. As an individual artist I have participated in art shows and gallery exhibitions in the Northwest and the Washington, D.C. area. I taught classes in abstract collage for 12 years in Portland and currently teach at Howard Community College in Maryland, and serve as Director of SCRAP DC, a non-profit creative re-use center. 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.
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.