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September 16 – October 7 : Enigmatic Realms


AK73F9C2A7_CBAE_4AA9_98C5_D1A720B5D2FFChelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Port-au-Prince-born artist Shakespeare Guirand in Enigmatic Realms. The exhibition opens on September 16 and will run until October 7, with an opening reception on September 18 to which all art lovers are invited.

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The exhibition Enigmatic Realms features work ranging from the highly abstracted to the other-wordly figurative. From splatter paintings to digital works, these mixed-media creations invite the viewer to question their preconceptions by engaging with highly thoughtful and insightful art.  The artists on display bring their unique backgrounds and life experiences to create a one-of-a-kind collection in which each piece works as an integral part of the whole and as a powerful experience of its own.

“As a young prince growing up, a sense of holiness blew over my mind,” says the Haitian born artist Shakespeare Guirand. Having hailed from a “mystical island,” he points out that the influences of Voodoo, Haiti’s elemental forces and its many overlapping cultures are apparent in his work. In these paintings bold slashes of color and subtle rhythms depict visually the intersection of the artist’s myriad intellectual, spiritual and emotional influences. Working primarily in oil and enamel on canvas or wood, for Guirand painting is a pure expression of the vacillating waves of perception we call living. Diving into melancholy, joy, risk and freedom, the works possess a lilting passion and forceful emotionality. Ripe with color and alive with texture and movement, they seem to capture each divine facet of living that we know, and probe even deeper into what remains a mystery. No matter what the formal subject matter, exploration and discovery shine through as principles at work.

When: September 16, 2014 – October 7, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Where: 530 West 25th St | Chelsea, New York

For more information, CLICK HERE! 

Featured Artists also include:

Lisa Froment  |  Ole  |  Susumu Hasegawa  |  Virginia Knapp  |  Alan McKee  |  Daniel S. Solloway  |  Lucien Tilly  |  Dave Toporowski  |  Martin VARHO


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August 8 – September 7: Abstracting Nature at hob’art gallery


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Olga Guerra: “Leaving Cuba”, scanography


Alberte Bernier: “Exodus”, oil on canvas

“Abstracting Nature”, an exhibition by Alberte Bernier and Olga Guerra will open to the public from August 8, 2014 – September 7, 2014 at hob’art co-operative gallery, 720 Monroe Street, E208, Hoboken, NJ.

“Abstracting Nature” puts in perspective a selection of artwork in which each artist illustrates her expressionist interpretation of nature. Although different in scope, their work evokes similar sensitivity and emotion. Alberte Bernier will present artwork created from oil on canvas and mixed media. Olga Guerra will present mixed media pieces of work through photography and scanography, the art of taking pictures with a scanner. To Alberte Bernier, a Chashama artist, painting represents a desire to convey emotion and fantasy. Olga Guerra puts emphasis on light, movement, depth of field, colors and layers. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday August 9, 6:00-8:00pm. On Sunday August 17 at 3:30pm, the artists will talk about their artwork and welcome questions from visitors. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm, and by appointment. The artists thank the Monroe Center and hob’art co-operative gallery for their support in this exhibition.

Alberte Bernier works in several mediums, and she incorporates found objects gathered from various landscapes into her work.  For Olga Guerra, who works mostly with found objects, the scanner is an endless source of challenges and delights that allow her to reconcile two and three-dimensional designs.

Free parking is available at the rear of the building on Jackson Street and is wheelchair accessible.  Gallery information may be obtained on the website and from the director, France Garrido, (201) 319-1504 or

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Selebrasyon! :: About New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


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Selebrasyon! will be the first of its kind in New York. This festival will bring Haitian, Caribbean, and wider New York communities together to experience Haitian film, dance, music, literary and visual art in venues across the city!

Beginning on Haitian Flag Day on May 18th during Haitian Heritage Month, and running until the end of June which is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, this festival will present events hosted in collaboration with different organizations, institutions and artists.

Seeking to highlight the dynamic presence of Haitians in New York as well as in Haiti and other parts of the Diaspora, Selebrasyon! will provide opportunities for artists, especially those who are emerging, to share their work and build new audiences.


Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee

Buyu Ambroise • Alice Backer • Sabine Blaizin • Manolia Charlotin • Edwidge Danticat Jeffrey Dessources •  Joel Dreyfuss • Ayinde Jean-Baptiste • Carine Jocelyn Lorraine Mangones • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin • Jerry Philogene • Anthonine Pierre Sam Pierre • Barbara Prezeau • Rose Pierre-Louis • Elsie Saint-Louis Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse • Etienne Télémaque • Frantz Voltaire

Selebrasyon! Community Partners

651 Arts | Ann Pale Kreyol | Artists for Peace & Justice | BelTiFi Belle Vue ToursCenter for Traditional Music & Dance | City Lore Cornbread & Cremasse | CUMBE | FiveMyles Gallery | Haiti Cherie Haitian American Caucus | Haitian Recipes  | The Haitian Roundtable  Jaz Enterprise | Konbit Mizik Kiskeácity | Konbit MizikMoCADA My Haiti Travels | National Association of Haitian Professionals New York Women in Television & Film | PEN American Center Thornton Global Strategies |

Selebrasyon! Sponsors

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Selebrasyon! Media Partners

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April 12 – May 4: Re:purpose Exhibition at FiveMyles



April 12 – May 4, 2014
Opening: Saturday, April 12, 6-9pm
Artist performances: Sunday April 13, 11am-6:30pm
Artist talk: Wednesday, April 16, 7-8:30pm
Dancing While Black + Re: purpose: Saturday, May 3, 5-7pm

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Curated by MoCADA Curatorial Fellows Amanda Reid and Ali Rosa-Salas
Artists: Pamela Council, Sara Jimenez, Sondra Perry and Patrice Renee Washington

Re:purpose features the work of Pamela Council, Sara Jimenez, Sondra Perry and Patrice Renee Washington, four New York-based women artists who transform common domestic and cosmetic objects in order to expand the possibilities of self-representation. These artists redefine an object’s form and function to reveal its hidden histories and how our identities inform our perception.

Through work that is referential, critical and humorous, the artists negotiate their identities in relation to consumerism, popular culture, and the daily experience of inhabiting a gendered and racialized body. By choosing materials of personal significance, they claim a variety of cultural legacies and champion the legitimacy of subjective interpretation. Their work troubles aesthetic hierarchies and generates a critical dialogue around the lived realities of women of color in the contemporary art world.

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