Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Palm Beach Artists Unite for Peace & Healing in "Speak Their Names" Exhibition

Flamingo Clay Studio
Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
"Speak Their Names"
An Artist Exhibit of Peace and Healing

Three Fridays of Events
Opening of Exhibit: Friday, August 19   6-10 PM
An Evening of Documentaries: Friday  August 26   6-10 PM
Labor Day Soap Box- Protest Songs and the Spoken Word
Speak Their Names   Friday  September 2   6-10 PM
15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth
Admissions: Free to the public   Free Parking

"Speak Their Names" is an exhibition of healing art, presented by artists throughout Palm Beach County.  Artists will speak the names of the so many fatal victims of gun violence that have taken place in our state and throughout the nation.  This show, curated by Kianga Jinaki Parker, brings together artists of all shades of humanity, religions and sexual identity.  The art expresses anger, grief, compassion, sisterhood/brotherhood  and a desire for peaceful solutions.

"Speak Their Names" opens on Friday, August 19 form 6-10 PM with a wine and cheese reception.  Clay Glass  Metal Stone Gallery is located at 15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth.  Admission and parking are free.
Over 20 artists have contributed works: Jason JaFleu Fleurant speaks for most of the  artists when he says, " I'm a firm believer of using my art to make a difference and speak on what's going on in life. So I felt obligated as an human being and a Young Black Man in America to be involved in such an opportunity."

Thanks to artists and curator Allison Kotzig the community artwall of Artisit4BlackLivesMatter  will be installed as a part of our exhibition. This wall of the exhibit will feature, "Mothers of the Movement," mothers whose children have been killed by gun violence.

Thirty-three ceramic masks have been created representing the 33,000 death by  gun violence in the United 
States within the last year.  These masks will incorporate the hues of the human rainbow, including "blue" for lost police officers.  Visitors to the exhibit will write the "names to be spoken" on these masks.

On Friday evening, August 26, a series of documentaries will be screened in the gallery. Some will address the issues of gun violence and others will celebrate the lives of those who fought injustice and for peace and social justice.

On Friday evening, September 2, poets, artists, musicians and the public will be invited up to the  microphone to "Speak Their Names," sing songs, opine and recite poetry.

Curator Kianga Jinaki Parker  is a fiber artist, a merchant and a healer. Her works represent the stories of her mind, her heart and her spirit.  She incorporates African textiles, glass, clay, metal, beads, bone and text into her works.

List of participating artists: Alphabetical by first name

Artists for Black Lives Matter
Abasi Manblack Hanif-Drummer Spoken Word
Alana D Da Costa Singer Mixed-Media
Allison Kotzig Mixed-Media
Elise Crohn Mixed-Media
Erika Cespedes- Photography
Jamaal Clark- Painter
James Venable- Film Maker
J Efunlayo Maxey -Mixed Media
Jennifer Love Gironda- Multi-Media
Kianga Jinaki Parker -Mixed Media
Nzingah Oniwosan Mixed-Media
Ore'al Bluntston- Mixed Media
Shakeera Thomas- Crochet wire/Mixed Media,
Shari SharStar Afflick -Wood Burning/Mixed-Media
Steve Backhus- Mixed Media
                                                  Tracy Guiteau - Painter
For specific information about the exhibit and the artists involved contact Kianga Jinaki Parker, KiangaJinaki@Rocketmail.com   561-503-9504  (press only)

For additional information contact Joyce Brown, Joyce@Flamingoclaystudio.org. 215-205-9441


Clay§Glass§Metal§Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Thursday, 10AM-6PM. Friday and Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-10 PM with many special events in-between.

The Flamingo Clay Studio is located at 216 South F Street with open studio and workshop opportunities for those interested in the 3-D Arts and Artists in Clay. Fused Glass and Small Metals.

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