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New Harlem Fine Art Event For Black History Month, Historic Collection Of Black Art At Famed Armory

1st Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show will present an unprecedneted collection of works by Afro_american artists - established and emerging - at Harlem's Historis 369th Armory '

 
 
"Not for Sale," created by Andrew Nichols for the Harlem Fine Arts Show
"Not for Sale," created by Andrew Nichols for the Harlem Fine Arts Show
PRLog - Feb. 19, 2010 - MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- NEW YORK – Some of the world’s most celebrated African-American artists and the prominent galleries that specialize in Afro-centric works will exhibit their work at the 1st Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, Feb. 20 and 21, 2010.  Bringing a major fine art show to Harlem and destined to become a highlight of Manhattan’s annual Black History Month celebrations, the event will be held at Harlem’s historic 369th Armory, 2366 Fifth Ave., between 142 and 143 Streets.  It will be one of the largest collections of Black art ever assembled, representing more than 60 Black artists  - a potent reminder during Black History Month of the tremendous contribution of Black artists to the global fine arts landscape.

Among the accomplished artists whose work will be displayed are:

Frank Frazier, the Houston- based hat-trick talent – sculptor, painter and collagist, renowned for his lively depictions of Black life and leaders. Inspired by the likes of Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, as well as the Diaspora and “always the Creator,” Frazier’s work has been commissioned U.S. Congress and state governments and has showcased at some of the world’s most prestigious art exhibitions.

Robert Carter, Long Island, creates life scene drawings and illustrations with extraordinary sensitivity to detail. His work is privately collected nationwide, as well as being on permanent display at several museums in the U.S.  The virtuosity of his hand and his understanding of human nature make him sought-after lecturer and demonstrators at universities and art organizations.

Najee Dorsey, Atlanta, painter and mixed media artist whose work reflects the American experience through the lens of her Afro-American perspective.  Like Frasier she is inspired by Dearden and loves to use discarded materials – old photos, signs, labels, fabrics, etc. - that lend compelling textures, shapes or patinas to her creations

Andrew Nichols, Brooklyn, the curator of the show, versatile and prolific, who works in pencil, paints on canvas, does murals and portraits. Well known African American art community, his work can be realistic, almost  photographic, or can be more stylized. Always they are full of energy and passion.

George Nocks, Atlanta, the sculptor and ceramist whose curriculum vitae includes stints as a running back for the New York Jets and Washington.  His riveting delves into life’s experiences from a Back man’s point-of-view.  Featured in galleries throughout the country, his creations grace the collections of Ethel Kennedy, Venus Williams, Evander Holyfield and may other bold faced names.    

Edwin Lester, Philadelphia, whose spiritual concept is unique and whose resulting work conveys a message that is evident in every stroke.  His powerful paintings represent snap-shots of what he calls his everyday life - God, love, simply living trying to be the best he can at whatever he is trying to accomplish that day.

To make it a memorable multi-sensory experience Harlem Brewing Company and Spoonbread will be on hand offering their artisan beverages and food.  

Designed to be an informal event at which patrons can interact with the exhibiting artists, the Harlem Fine Arts Show will encourage starting or adding to a collection with works representing a broad range of prices, starting as low as $100.  

Admission to the Harlem Fine Arts Show at the 369th Armory, 2366 Fifth Avenue, between 142nd and 143rd on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 will be $20 (the first 500 attendees receive complimentary show posters), $10 for children 12 and under.  Hours:  Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To launch the Harlem Fine Art Show, The New York Times, the event’s media sponsor, will host a preview party at their new headquarters on Feb. 19 as part of the publication’s salute to Black History Month.

For more information, please visit www.harlemfineartsshow.com or call 914-582-1407.

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