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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Harlem Fine Arts Show Returns to White Plains - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 360 Hamilton Avenue

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious collections of works (paintings, photographs, books and sculptures) by African-American artists both established and emerging, will return to the City of White Plains for its 6th year. This annual event will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Reckson Metro Center, located at 360 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains. Tickets are $25.00.  Call the Youth Bureau at 914.422.1378 or go to www.dstwae.org

"We are so very pleased to be able to bring our Harlem Fine Art Show once again to White Plains," said Dion Clarke, Founder and President of the HFAS. "This is our 6th exhibition here and we will be showcasing African American Artists and Authors from the New York metropolitan area. This year’s Special Recognition honorees are: Donna Chambers, Robert Evans, Greg Monfries and Jasper Cain. Our featured authors include: Adowa Khu, Sandra Richards and Flo Anthony. Our exhibition is open to collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, and professionals. White Plains is the County seat for Westchester County and our Harlem Fine Arts Show offers a tremendous opportunity for residents of Westchester and its surrounding counties to see up close some of the best African American Artist in the area."

The Harlem Fine Arts Show is a celebration of African-American artistic history, in the vein of masters including Palmer C. Hayden, Augusta Savage, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernie Barnes.

The White Plains Harlem Fine Arts Show sponsorship partners include the City of White Plains Youth Bureau, the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Harlem Fine Arts Show. As in past years the program will feature art work from the Youth Bureau’s After School Connection and Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth Programs.

"Our thanks and appreciation to the Harlem Fine Arts Show for co-sponsoring the White Plains Harlem Fine Arts Show," said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. "White Plains looks forward to an evening that shines a spotlight on local African-American artists and authors." 

We are extremely happy to bring the Harlem Fine Arts Show back to White Plains," said Frank Williams Jr. Executive Director, White Plains Youth Bureau. "For the past five months, our youth have been developing their art. The Harlem Fine Arts Show will provide young people with a formal platform to present their art and to be mentored by experienced artists."

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Donna Chambers: fine jewelry goldsmith, designer and entrepreneur has achieved an enviable level of success that began with a gifted past and ambitious goal. Born and raised in Ossining, New York, Donna was recognized at an early age by Vera Linens and later by Oleg Cassini for her talent in artistic design. Donna attended Pratt Institute. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.

In 1976, Donna became part owner of a jewelry repair shop that serviced fifteen neighborhood jewelry concerns in the downtown Brooklyn area, as well as, A&S Department Store. Three years later, after having refined her skills, Donna expanded and created the Donna Chambers Collection of 14kt gold and pearl earrings and pins. Donna’s fine jewelry collection has been carried by major department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Fortunoff and Sak’s Fifth Avenue, as well as at jewelry chains from coast to coast. Pieces of Donna’s jewelry have been shown at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Boston Museum of Art.

Jasper Julius Cain, Jr.: Jasper was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was introduced to the trombone in Junior High, the trumpet at Boys High School and the electric bass just before going away to college. Jasper holds a B.S. Degree from S.U.N.Y. at Old Westbury, an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling, and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Brooklyn College. He is retired from the New York City and Peekskill City School systems. He is currently performing around the tri-state area with Jasper Cain and the Rhythm Collective. Jasper has performed with such notable artist as Chaka Khan, Olatunji, The Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana. Jasper and his wife, Joy, currently reside in Westchester County and New York City. They have three children. 
  
Robert Evans: Robert established the Dance Ministry Institute (DMI) in 2001 as a means of providing technical dance training to persons involved or interested in liturgical dance. Robert’s dance ministry roots began with the Harlem Tabernacle Dance Ministry (Harlem, NY) where he served as the Assistant Director from 1991-2001. Robert also served as the Dance Consultant for the STRIVE Dance Leadership Academy, a Youth Bureau program in New Rochelle, NY from 2011-2013.

Robert’s choreographic works have ministered to people throughout the United States and the Caribbean including Bahamas Faith Ministries: Nassau, Bahamas; Christian Cultural Center:, Brooklyn, NY; Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center, Sayreville, NJ; The Greater Allen Cathedral Queens, NY; Jericho City of Praise Landon, MD; World Changers: Atlanta, GA; The Potter’s House Dallas Texas, and Praise Academy of Dance Bridgetown, Barbados. 

Greg Monfries: Greg is an Award-winning creative director with over 25 years’ experience driving the editorial design of iconic national titles. Experience includes a team-leading approach to creative strategy in the areas of magazine design, tablet design, branded content, and talent-interface (both in front of and behind the camera) in the areas of celebrity, fashion, beauty, lifestyle and food. Greg has worked with such notable publications as Time, Inc., Sandra Lee Magazine, Essence Magazine and People Magazine.

Sandra L. Richards: Sandra is the author of the picture book Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity 
Flo Anthony: A veteran celebrity journalist, Flo Anthony currently hosts a daily syndicated radio show ‘Gossip On The Go With Flo’ syndicated by Superadio. In addition, she is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Blacknoir.nyc, and a contributor to the New York Daily News’ Confidential column. Flo also writes a weekly syndicated column ‘Go With The Flo’ which appears in several publications including the New York Amsterdam News and Philadelphia Sunday Sun. Flo has been seen on countless television shows including Geraldo, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, TV One’s Life After, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, HLN and E! Entertainment TV! Flo recently published her second novel, "One Last Deadly Play!

Dr. Adwoa Akhu: Dr. Akhu is the author of "A Healer’s Guide to Creating Space." The Guide is for anyone practicing a healing art, for example, therapists, acupuncturists, and yoga, reiki, and meditation practitioners. This book uses spirituality, documented holistic science, and wisdom from native cultures to assist in the creation of office space that is optimal for healing. Dr. Akhu has also authored "Metamorphosis: Journaling the Path from Domestic Violence Victim to Victor."

About The Harlem Fine Arts Show

As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States, HFAS prides itself on its uncanny ability to bring people of all different backgrounds together to celebrate fine arts of the African Diaspora. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic visionaries as well as American visual artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

First held in February 2010 in New York City, the Harlem Fine Arts Show has attracted more than 80,000 visitors to venues, including Martha’s Vineyard, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, White Plains and New York City. Attendees include collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, students, and professionals. Visit our website www.HFAS.org 








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