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Colours and Motion – Art Workshop with MAYA FREELON ASANTE in Lesotho, Africa

8 Jan

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December 30, 2013 · by 

On the 19th of December, 2013, Maya Freelon Asante – award winning artist and daughter of jazz musician Nnenna Freelon – held a one-of-a-kind art workshop in Morija, Lesotho. The workshop took place at Linotšing art studio, adjacent toMaeder House – one of the oldest recorded buildings in Lesotho – and involved 35 local youth between the ages of 4 -25.

Throughout the afternoon, young people were given the chance to discover and create with a range of materials. In the space of a few hours, Linotšing was transformed into a bustle of activity as the children discovered the myriad of exciting creations that could be made by combining paper, water and multi-coloured tissue paper. Finally, working together under Maya’s guidance, the children helped to glue and stitch together a quilt of tissue paper, which will be used by Maya and Nnenna in their multi-discipline theater project – Clothesline Muse – set to premiere in the US in April, 2014.

At the end of the workshop, as the children contemplated the final creation, Maya said to them: “with your hands, hearts and your energy, you have made art that is going to help your community.”

The workshop coincided with a fundraising concert titled A night with the King. It was held to benefit the renovation of Morija Scott Hospital, where Nnenna, invited by King Letsie III, was the headline performer. Auctioned at the concert were two collages, created by Maya and the group in Morija the day before, with proceeds also going to Scott Hospital.

More information about Maya Freelon Asante:

Maya Freelon Asante is an award‐winning artist whose artwork was described by poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being,” and her unique tissue paper work was also praised by the International Review of African American Art as a “vibrant, beating assemblage of color.” She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City 2013 and by the Huffington Post’s “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know“.

Maya has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Paris, Ghana, and US Embassies in Madagascar, Italy, Jamaica, and Swaziland. She has been a professor of art at Towson University and Morgan State University. Maya has attended numerous residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Korobitey Institute and Brandywine Workshop. She earned a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

More info: www.mayafreelon.com | theclotheslinemuse.com | http://www.mortonfineart.com

photo credit: Meri Hyoky Photography

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Artwork in “Fragmentation & Integration” – GA GARDNER and ANDREI PETROV

19 Mar

View the work online! Including new arrivals by artist ANDREI PETROV – arriving in the gallery today!

Andrei Petrov, Anatomy of Temptation (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Anatomy of Temptation (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Cognitive Distortion (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Cognitive Distortion (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Partial Obstruction, 29x36, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Partial Obstruction, 29×36, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Perpetual Access (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Perpetual Access (SOLD)

Andrei Petrov, Time Lapse, 32"x48", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Time Lapse, 32″x48″, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Untitled, 13x48, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Untitled, 13×48, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Havana Nocturne, 36"x48", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Havana Nocturne, 36″x48″, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Maine Stay, 30"x48", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Maine Stay, 30″x48″, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Morrocan Field Trip, 48"x60", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Morrocan Field Trip, 48″x60″, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Nostalgia in Lake George, 30"x48", oil on canvas (SOLD

Andrei Petrov, Nostalgia in Lake George, 30″x48″, oil on canvas (SOLD

Andrei Petrov, Process of Elimination, 36"x22", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Process of Elimination, 36″x22″, oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Whiff of Hope, 13"x48", oil on canvas

Andrei Petrov, Whiff of Hope, 13″x48″, oil on canvas

GA Gardner, Six Degrees, 42"x44", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Six Degrees, 42″x44″, mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Dangerous, 61"x42", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Dangerous, 61″x42″, mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Home, 69"x42", mixed media on mylar (SOLD)

GA Gardner, Home, 69″x42″, mixed media on mylar (SOLD)

GA Gardner, Red, White, Blue and Black, 72"x42", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Red, White, Blue and Black, 72″x42″, mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, White Path, 55"x84", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, White Path, 55″x84″, mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Blinding Beauty, 50"x42", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Blinding Beauty, 50″x42″, mixed media on mylar

GA GARDNER and MAYA FREELON ASANTE in Art in Embassies

28 Aug

Visit Art in Embassies online to view the latest featured artwork for Kingston, Jamaica. http://art.state.gov/

Featured artists include:

Maya Freelon Asante, GA Gardner, Sam Gilliam, Jo Ann Jones, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Ruben Ubiera, Kehinde Wiley

Maya Freelon Asante – Video of Her Installation at the US Embassy in Madagascar

19 Jul

Documentary about award-winning visual artist Maya Freelon Asante and her “Ubuntu” installation at the US Embassy in Antananarvio, Madagascar. Directed by Michael JN Bowles for the Art in Embassies series.