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Posted in afrofuturism, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 13 February 2019, by , 0 Comments

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted the Born at the Bottom of the Ship on Saturday, February 9. We had an excellent turnout and a night full of wonderful discussion! All paintings are for sale, and we have giclee prints available by request (shipped directly to your door!). Contact jexum@center-for-the-arts.org for more info!

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 17 January 2018, by , 2 Comments

Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month
(On exhibit: January 30 – March 2, 2018)

To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled an exhibit exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists. This eclectic and collaborative exhibition includes photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel photography. The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. Ceremonies are considered a core value in Yoruba culture and involve the participation of not only family, but community.  Join us in celebrating culture, history, and community at the Opening Reception, Saturday, February 3, 6-8 PM, hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The reception will include refreshments, live music, and door prizes (free & open to the public).

**Full Price List, Ayeye**

Exhibiting Artists:

Naomi Hanna

Naomi Hanna
Maasai girl and her guide
Acrylic and cowrie shell

Naomi Hanna has been painting for 12 years and is a mostly self taught Visual Artist based in Baltimore. Her paintings reflect her experience within the African Diaspora using water colors, acrylics, oils, multimedia, and more. Hanna spent one year at Delaware College of Art and Design in 2012. Recently, Hanna participated in multiple cultural events such as Artscape 2016 where she painted a temporary mural. In 2015, Hanna visited Salvador, Bahia, Brasil for Capoeira Angola Martial Arts and cultural exposure. In July 2016, her first Baltimore City Art Show "Dreams of the Motherland" was a success and paid for her ticket to Accra, Ghana. Her following art show Pilgrimage to the Motherland was a success and funded her spiritual temple. Hanna currently works as a full time artist in Baltimore City while attending school.

Ashley Joi Summers

Ashley Joi Summers
A Mother's Love - Daughter
Acrylic Paint, Paper Collage
$600 (two pieces)

Ashley Joi is an up and coming Visual Artist, residing in the Falls Church/Washington DC area. She attended Hampton University, where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design.

Jimmy Clark

Jimmy Clark

Jimmy S. Clark, Jr. is a self-taught, emerging artist originally from Louisiana, currently living in Northern Virginia. Jimmy has been fascinated with drawing and painting since childhood. He specializes in landscapes and abstract painting using acrylic as his medium.

Joliza Terry

Joliza Terry
Double Self-Portrait
Mixed media; linoleum flooring
2' x 5'

Joliza Terry attained a Masters of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2016 and  teaches Digital Photography Printmaking Graphic Design at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, VA. Her works in Ayeye are part of a series entitled Home Starts From Within which is about the perspective of a middle-class African American family.

Karl Rudd

Karl Rudd
Little Lives Matter
Digital photography

Karl Rudd was born and raised in North Carolina. His love of photography began in the 1970’s while a student at N.C. Central University where he photographed sporting events, and subjects
including Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, and Louis Farrakhan. He now resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he operates his photography business, and is currently working on a pictorial
collection called “Stones of Hope”.

Katina Douglas

Katina Douglas
Digital photography
$150 *portion of the proceeds will go to the homeless*

Katina Douglas studied at the Academy of Art University where she began her career as a self-taught portrait photographer. Inspired by the crippling effects of homelessness, namely how their existence is seemingly disregarded and almost invisible, she has dedicated a large portion of her work and time to humanizing those gravely affected by homelessness.

Cleve Bryant

Cleveland Bryant Jr.
Nubian Father & Son
Digital photography

Cleveland started his photography career doing individual & family portraits in the late 70’s in Rochester, NY. In his day job Cleve was an English teacher. At the same time he has been a freelance photographer for most of his adult life. He has done his share of commercial work over the decades, adapting from film and darkrooms to digital images and Lightroom. 

Ed Savwoir

Edward Savwoir
Ghana, Fishing Village
Digital photography

Edward is a Washington, D.C. based photographer with over 20 years of experience. Although self-taught, he acknowledges the influence of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Charles“Teenie” Harris. To him each image defines a moment in time. What differentiates his approach to photography is his documentary style, the deliberative process. 

George D. Tolbert IV

George D. Tolbert IV
Cheryl Edwards, Artist
Digital photography

George D. Tolbert IV served as the first African-American Official Photographer for the United States Senate. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, such as Time, Jet, and Ebony. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Exposure Group, an African American Photographers Association based in D.C.

Ambessa Jir Berhe

Ambessa Jir Berhe
Morning at Red Sea (Massawa, Eritrea)
Digital photography

Native of Eritrea, Ambessa Jir Berhe is filmmaker, photographer and Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with MFA degree in film production and now teaches graduate and undergraduate film production courses. He has been photographing experiment images for cinematography aesthetic enhancement for a long time while working and completing on numerous film projects. For the last five years he has been photographing professionally, working on several long-term photo projects. Currently he exhibiting some of his works from the photo project called "a glimpse images of my homeland Eritrea".


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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 16 January 2017, by , 0 Comments

Our next exhibition featuring The Exposure Group will fascinate anyone with an interest in photography.

Colors of Life: The Exposure Group (January 25 - March 3)

The Exposure Group photographers bring forth multiple interpretations of the experience of living in the DC metropolitan area. This visual and impactful body of work shares some of our Nation’s Capital outside of the usual tourist areas. The Exposure Group represents the gamut of subject matter including landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, architectural, and photojournalism. The art will speak for itself.

Come join us at the opening reception on February 4 from 6-8 pm. The reception will consist of cheese and wine, live music, door prizes, and light hors d'oeuvres.

The Horn of Nobility

The Horn of Nobility, Karl Rudd

Jeanine Cummins

The Sentry, Jeanine Cummins


List of exhibiting participants:

Sandy Adams
Bonita Bing
Zandra Chestnut
Jeanine Cummins
Bruce Fagin
Lisa Fanning
Sharon Farmer
Maurice Fitzgerald
Michael Gross
David Hamilton
Arnold Johnson
Donnamaria R. Jones
Gloria Kirk
Tor Moore
Myron Ottley
Caroline Reed
Karl Rudd
Edward Savwoir
Francesca Scott
Michael G. Smith
George Dalton Tolbert IV

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