ART SHOW AT THE GALLERY AT UCONN STAMFORD

This is a show that I was proud to participate in along with two of my oldest and dearest friends, Margo Candelario (who I grew up with in Washington Heights, NY) and Natalie Alleyne (who I attended the School of Visual Arts with). I also got to meet Barry Mason, a talented artist who was also a part of the show. The opening Reception was February 12th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the gallery at UConn Stamford.

Also presented that evening were photographs from the famed Scurlock Collection of photography. Below is the release that accompanied the show.


The Scurlock images portray a vivid documentation of 20th Century black society in the nation's capital, and are part of the Smithsonian Institution's Black History exhibit National Museum of African-American History and Culture Gallery

In addition, the UCONN Stamford Art Gallery, in cooperation with Picture That, is pleased to present THE 3RD EYE: A Study of Transition, in celebration of Black History month and the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. This collection of works explores the reality of life's circle through painting, mixed media, photography, fiber art and sculpture.  Participating regional artists include Natalie Alleyne,  Bloomfield, NJ; Margo Candelario,  Atlanta, GA; Jerry Craft, Norwalk, CT; and Barry Mason,  Mount Vernon, NY.    

Norwalk Community College presents an assemblage of works by Fairfield County local artists where Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne, Jerry Craft and Walter Hayward represent Norwalk, CT and John Lawson represents Bridgeport, CT. 

 Together, these bodies of work create a compelling and sweeping portrait of Black America.

Barry Mason, Two as One #1

Jerry Craft, In The Beginning

 Margo Candelario,
Pipe Dreams

Natalie Allyene, Entwined

 

 

About the Artists

Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft

 

Jerry Craft is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that has been distributed by King Features Syndicate since 1995, making him one of the few syndicated African-American cartoonists in the country.  He has published two books, Mama's Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie! and Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin'. The strip was also featured in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.

Jerry has illustrated for Essence Magazine, comic books, greeting cards, book covers and board games. His most recent projects include his first two children's books, Hillary's Big Business Adventure and Looking to the Clouds for Daddy. The latter was written by Margo Candelario whose work is also featured in the 3RD Eye exhibit. Jerry also illustrated Take Me to the Water a collection of Margo’s poetry.  He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (B.F.A.) in New York and the former editorial director of Sports Illustrated For Kids.

Contact Info: 
Email: jerrycraft@aol.com
Website:
www.mamasboyz.com
Animation: www.youtube.com/user/JCmamasboyz
MySpace: www.myspace.com/jerrycraft

Margo Candelario

Margo Candelario

Growing up in an environment throbbing with unstructured attitude, and dynamic cultural awareness, set the stage for my love and appreciation of Sugar Hill in New York City.
162nd Street nestled between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenue was a haven for colorful discussions about beats, poetry, art, photography and relationships.

My art is a reflection of cultural intrigue, ingesting large quantities of Caribbean lifestyle, language, accents and fashion. Transforming color into shape is what moves me to recreate my past and dream about my future.

Enjoy the Journey.

  • Studied Commercial Photography at Germaine School Of Photography NY, NY 1984
  • Specialties: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Poetry, Children’s Literature, Early American Rug Hooking
  • Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Chalk Pastel, on canvas, wood and paper
  • Artist in Residence at the Georgia National Fair, Guest Artist and lecturer at  University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Georgia College & State University, Columbus State University, Mercer University, Lucy Craft Laney African American Museum
  • Featured in several magazines including Southern Living’s Dec 2006 issue. When interviewed Margo speaks about art education, exposure to the youth and adult people of color on the importance of investing in art.

 

Contact Info:
Email: candeapple64@yahoo.com
Website: www.margocandelario.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/margocandelario

Natalie Alleyne

Natalie Alleyne

Natalie Alleyne is the owner of Alleyne Studios, based out of Bloomfield, NJ. Initially starting her business in 1990 painting on clothing, she transferred her creativity as a painter in 1996 to canvas, when she had her first show in the Wall Street section of Manhattan. Since that time, she has participated in hundreds of shows around the country, from street fairs to gallery exhibitions.


Partial List of Noted exhibitions/shows include:

International Fine Art Expo, NY
Savacou Gallery, NY
Viridian Gallery, NY
Paradise City Fine Arts and Craft Show, MA
Hew Hope Fine Art Show, PA

Website:
www.alleynestudios.com

Barry Mason

Barry Mason

Barry Mason, award-winning painter, photographer and graphic designer, has worked on hundreds of art projects and documented many news and cultural events for more than two decades.  Known for his unique style of building and shaping canvases, he has enjoyed one-man shows at numerous venues, including churches, high-profile galleries, restaurants and community-based sites.  He has exhibited at galleries throughout the U.S. northeast, including the prestigious Westchester Arts Council, The Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, Studio 4 West Art Gallery, Piermont, NY, African Burial Ground National Memorial in Lower Manhattan, Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, The White House in Washington, D.C., Bakehouse Art Gallery in Coconut Grove, Fla. and many more. 

He attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington DC.  Born in Snow Hill, MD, Mr. Mason currently resides with his family in Mt. Vernon, NY.

Contact Info:
My Website: www.barrymasonart.com
Capturing the Moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bhTYejs_r0