By Walter Rutledge
A civilization is ultimately defined not by what it does, but by what it leaves behind. It defines a people, and since antiquity speaks to the one race- the human race. The 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show will present the fifteenth annual exhibition Friday, February 25 to Sunday February 27 in the Assembly and South Halls of The Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive.
The event is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. More than 100 artists and internationally renowned galleries will be featured including Poncho Brown, Leroy Campbell, Robert Carter, Najee Dorsey, Ray Grist, Woodrow Nash, Michele Wood and E&S Gallery. The three-day exhibition is also offering educational events for participants of all ages.
The 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show continues of the tradition of the National Black Fine Arts Show, which art aficionados enjoyed for 14 years at New York’s Puck Building . Past notable guests have included: Gayle King, Congressman and Mrs. Charles B. Rangel, Spike Lee, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, New York City and State Government Officials, Susan L.Taylor, Oprah Winfrey and many others.
Ms. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine and DeMarco Morgan of WNBC-TV New York will serve as the hosts for the Opening Gala Reception on Friday, February 25. Cheryl Wills of New York 1 News will host the Cocktail Reception for The Brotherhood/Sister Sol on Saturday, February 26. To purchase tickets call 914-450-4269 and for additional information visit www.hfas.org.
The 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show Schedule of Events
Friday February 25
9am – 3pm: Art History and Ancestry Day sponsored by Diversity Prep Magazine
6pm- 11pm: Opening Gala Reception to benefit Ralph Lauren Center fro Cancer Care and Prevention
Saturday February 26
10am – 10pm: Fine Arts Exhibition, Assembly and South Halls
11am, 1pm and 3pm: Lecture Series- Collecting Art, Appraising Art, and Aging and the Arts
5pm- 8pm: Cocktail Reception to benefit Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Sunday February 27
10am- 12pm: Ecumenical Service
12pm- 2pm: Continental Breakfast
12pm- 8pm: Fine Arts Exhibition
Images: 1) Pridefulness by Andrew Nichols 2) Three Women of America by Elizabeth Catlett 3) Plant Worker by Dean Mitchell