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