Monday, November 15, 2010

A Unified Community |

A Unified Community

Written by Lee McDonald

Annelies Dykgraaf is an artist who continues to inspire me because she produces work that reflects a vision that I believe in and because she lives a life that makes a difference in our community. She is truly an artist that does not see color; at least not in the way that most of us do. She was born in the Nigerian revolution to American missionary parents, her mother worked throughout her career in a particular language within a specific tribal group. Her father worked as together they gave their lives to a people making a difference in a community different from the one that they grew up in.

Annelies is one of the founders of the Art Center Cooperative here in Jacksonville; I remember an early organizational meeting in a home in Arlington where ideas were shared from different generations and different races for getting started on building something new that would be a cooperative effort where artists could gather and express new ideas. Annelies is this month's featured artist at one of the two galleries the Art Center currently runs. The exhibition is called "Touch;" the focus is on the importance of touch across the racial divide that in itself will produce a community cohesion that brings new and exciting opportunities for all those who share the space.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Gem of the Ocean at Players by the Sea

Fellow artists Marsha Hatcher, Pablo Rivera and myself each have six pieces of work being displayed at Players by the Sea for the month of November pertaining to this play by August Wilson "Gem of the Ocean"

Featured Artist at the Art Center Cooperative Inc. for November

Five new acrylic paintings 16x20 on the importance of touch

With fellow artists and TAC members Lora Davis-Henningsen and Nathan Mauney

With fellow artists and TAC members Pablo Rivera and Mario Della Penta

Keeping it fun

Monday, October 04, 2010

Images of Dignity, Aug 31 - Oct. 2, 2010 at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum

By my work titled "John the Baptist"

With fellow artists Pablo Rivera, Khamil Ojoyo and Suzanne Pickett

Acrylic painting "Sitting Calm -Man with Dreads"

Thursday, August 26, 2010


My donation art collage to First Coast No More Homeless Pets fundraiser held Aug. 26 at the River Club in the Modis Bldg., downtown Jax

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Method to my Madness juried art show Aug. 14 to Sept 4

Standing by my mixed media piece titled Mami Wata of the Rivers

Jacksonville Zoo Mural project by the Art Center

Getting the antelope put in
Cheetah family is complete
Starting another elephant
How many more stripes do I have to put on these zebras?!

Monday, June 14, 2010

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

Tennis themed silhouettes around the teen room at
MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation 1096 West 6th Street Jacksonville, FL 32209 Artist Marsha Hatcher defining the outlines

Filing in the color
June 5, Marsha and I spent five hours from start to finish completing this mural of various tennis serving and hitting positions of players

Jazz Festival May 28-30

Trumping it Off
Setting the Mood

Meeting in Dance

I did three 16x20 acrylic paintings particularly for the Jazz Fest as both Art Center locations were open during the hours of the festival.

Head Start Mural finished!

Mural completed April 17

Monday, March 01, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Working at Head Start mural since Jan. 23

Flowers galore!
Working on the alphabet blocks

Art Center artists Elaine Bedell and Pablo Rivera

With Art Center artists Marsha Hatcher and Mary Atwood.

Day one, drawing the mural sketch. Yes it was frigid cold in Florida on Jan. 23. The Art Center teamed up with HandsOn Jax and volunteers to work on a mural covering the entire module in the center of a low income housing area off Golfair on the northside of Jacksonville. TAC artists have been giving their Saturdays up to accomplish this mural and work in the community. Stay tuned for updates and the final mural revealed.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Riverside Fine Arts show

The "Akala" story series being viewed in the lobby area at the Good Shephard Church in Riverside on Stockton St.
By piece titled "Inquisitive Eyes" . The carved block is next to it so people could see a woodblock and the process.

With artist Marsha Hatcher

With artist Philip Cozma

With artists Jay Wright and John Bunker.
I have 26 woodcuts in this show which opened Jan. 15 and will go until the 29th.

Christmas in Michigan

Grateful for family!
All bundled up and ready to go sledding with my nephews.

Through Our Eyes - Each One Teach One

Artist Marsha Hatcher and myself did similar images of Cayenne Pepper Pickers from our trip to Nigeria.
Marsha's image is in acrylic painting with white paint only. Mine is a linoleum print.

My mentor was artist Cookie Davis. I put my "Uwacu" print into 3-D in clay putting the patterns of the skirt "carved" in the clay.

Cookie's sculpture is on the left and mine is on the right. This show is at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum. It opened Nov. 19, 2009 and goes to July 30, 2010.