Spotlighting Folks in 2018

It’s a new year (insert delirious grin)!  I’m a little behind seeing that we’re already in February, but this is my first post for 2018.

What’s new with you?

In this post I want to put a spotlight on creative/artistic phenomenal people that I am working with in our Richmond community!

Well in January, I went for a dance audition with “Rebirth Arts,” for a production that will take place on May 19th. Every weekend, practice has been stretching me beyond my comfort level and physical abilities. The Founder & Artistic Director Rasheeda D. Perry is trained, passionate, and creative about her choreography and love for God. I can’t believe that I found this opportunity on Facebook! I will tell you more about the performance when she releases the information, so stay tuned. Website is http://www.rebirtharts.com.

I also will dance with “Claves Unidos,” a community dance group founded by Artistic Director, Kevin Lamarr Jones. During Dogtown Theatre’s Mardi Gras (February 10th), we will showcase his eclectic choreography inspired by Caribbean, Latin, African, Hip Hop, and Dance Hall movement. There are at least 30 persons in the group, and our evening rehearsals are full of energy and laughter. I am dancing with people of various ages, races, and beliefs. If you attend his Free African Roots Community Dance class or Viva Dance Series (featuring world-class master teachers) on Saturdays, then you will be welcomed with such joy! You can find more information on Facebook, under “Claves Unidos,” or website http://www.clavesunidos.com.

If you’ve attended or heard about the “CURRENT Art Fair” last year, then you can’t miss the “CURRENT Books” free event on March 31st. There will be activities starting March 29th and March 30th. Sarah Irvins is the mastermind behind it all, and she has invited artist, writers, and artist collectives to come show, demonstrate, and sell their work. They are coming from Maryland, Washington DC, and North Carolina. Sarah says, “It’s where art meets publishing.” If you are curious about making zines, learning more about book art, or independent publishing then you should attend. Come visit my table, I will have my cartoon books for sale as well.  Website http://www.currentrichmond.com/current-books/.

At this very moment I have a watercolor painting in a group exhibition called “Let the Light Shine Bright,” made up of 22 African American artists from the Richmond Region. The exhibition was curated by Walton Gallery (from Petersburg, Virginia), and  installed at the Main Street Train Station Gallery (in Richmond’s Shokoe Bottom area) on the 1st level. The show opened February 1st and will stay up until March 25th. The Walton Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery operated and owned by the Walton family. Eric Walton is Gallery Director and Ronald Walton (father) is a fantastic artist (the VMFA recently purchased his work). Learn more about them at https://www.waltongallery.com/.

Last but not least I will be in an art exhibition with Dennis Winston (awesome relief printmaker)! The curator, Shaunn Casselle, paired us up to show at Capitol One’s West Creek campus. The exhibition is being installed as I write this post. I am featuring five out of nine of my watercolor portrait series. The date and time is still being worked out, but it will take place in February. Feel free to reply to this post if you are interested in attending.

I guess I was long handed because I hadn’t posted in a long time! LOL

Hope to hear from you and see you around!

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