Our Artists, Our Members, Our Connections
October 7 & 8, 2011
ROOM 43 RESTAURANT
1041 East 43rd Street
Art Connoisseurs Present Exhibition for Four Local Artists
Diasporal Rhythms, an art collectors group whose mission is to promote and honor the careers of contemporary artists from the Africa Diaspora presents "Our Artists, Our Members, Our Connections" an exhibition of new works by four artists with a preview on October 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. and reception October 8, 2011 (also at 7 p.m.) at Room 43 Restaurant on the South Side of Chicago.
The artists presenting work are: Dalton Brown, Theodore C. Feaster, Juarez Hawkins and Shyvette Williams. This event culminates a yearlong celebration of the artists and the promotion of their artistry, talent and expertise.
"It's been an amazing year of events," said D. E. Simmons, a board member of Diasporal Rhythms. "The Art Smart Series, where the artists (in separate events) shared their concepts and perspectives to painting, sculpture and stain glass was received extremely well by the community. The culminating event is the event for all the artists to showcase new works. These artists are at the top of their game, we (Diasporal Rhythms) believe and respect them and we know others will too."
Founded in 2003, Diasporal Rhythms is a community of art collectors who are dedicated to the advancement of African American culture through the promotion, collection and preservation of contemporary visual art produced by artists of the African Diaspora. With a special emphasis on collecting local living artists, the group selectively honors artists in Chicagoland who are expressing the myriad of voices in the black community through the visual arts.
In return, the artists partners with the collectors to hosts a series of artists seminars, workshops and other educational activities to help promote the artists and further the organizations' mission.
"It's outstanding to have an organization that is sincere and passionate about promoting the work of African/African American artists," said Juarez Hawkins. "The art world abounds with stories of mainstream artists whose careers were made by being in the right gallery, or knowing the right collectors and curators. It is time some of those right opportunities and connections open up for artists of color. Though still a grassroots organization, DR has gone a long way in bringing artists and patrons together."
The exhibition is a part of Chicago Artists Month "Artful Networks."
Diasporal Rhythms: Collectors of Contemporary Works by Artists of African Descent, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the collection of visual art by individuals and institutions in the African American communities of Chicago through the sponsorship of activities honoring, celebrating, analyzing and presenting the works of those active contemporary artists of African descent recognized by our organization as being of quality, merit and cultural and artistic significance.