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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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September 14 – 15: Annual Kriye Bode Workshop and Performance



Peniel Guerrier presents Kriye Bode in “Histoire D’Haiti.” This engaging performance incorporates Haitian dance and drum to capture the unique history of Haiti from the early Taino tribes to the start of the revolution.

Acclaimed choreographer Peniel Guerrier has created a captivating tribute to Haiti’s struggle to become the world’s first independent black nation. Alongside his student performers, Peniel will bring to life the emotions, hardships, and spirit of the people who fought for a new beginning.

Kriye Bode is a term that signifies the call to participate. Kriye Bode calls people together to dance, sing, drum, and rejoice in the energy of life, as a community. As the artistic founder of Kriye Bode, Peniel Guerrier has dreamt of bringing this Haitian experience to the people of New York. The first Kriye Bode symposium took place in the spring of 2005.

The attendees participate in an interactive and riveting lecture on Haitian folklore followed by Haitian dance class and a drum circle. The classes give meaning to movements and rhythms discussed in the lecture. The weekend concludes with a performance by Peniel’s students, which bring the lessons of the workshop to life.

The performance allows the workshop participants to see what the dance looks like in full costume and live drumming.

Kriye Bode has since become an annual symposium. Every year the program grows and becomes more enriching than the previous year.

Kriye Bode workshop
When: Saturday, September 13th, 1pm ~ 5pm
Where: DANY Studios (Studio #3)
305 West 38th Street | New York, NY 10018

$75- workshop
$25- single class
$15- Non-Participant Observation Fee (for panel discussion or classes)

Panel Discussion: 1pm ~ 2pm
Haitian Folkloric Dance Class: 2pm ~ 3:45pm
Drum Class: 3:45pm ~ 5pm

Kriye Bode in Histoire D’Haiti
When: Sunday, September 14th ~ 5pm
Where: LIU Brooklyn/Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza | Flatbush Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11201
Between Dekalb Avenue & Willoughby Street
Ticket price: $30

Tickets can be purchased at or at the Kumble Theater box office. Box Office: (718)488-1624

To purchase tickets for the workshop contact Peniel Guerrier at 347-432-8294 or email

For more info and directions to the theater please visit

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


Selebrasyon program coverConsisting of forty days worth of Haitian arts & culture, this large-scale Haitian arts festival was the first of its kind in New York City. With 22 events presenting the works of artists residing in New York, Haiti, and other parts of the Diaspora Haiti Cultural Exchange brought together over 100 modern and traditional artists, a majority of whom were emerging or unknown and whose work represents their extreme talent and innovation.

Kicking off with Selebrasyon! Opening Night and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! all the way to the No Passport Party finale, the festival gave artists a platform to present what’s cutting edge in Haitian art and offered nearly 4,000 participants an opportunity to experience their craft and engage with our community. Selebrasyon! could not have been possible without YOU! HCX extends our thanks to all of the artists, attendees and institutions that helped create the memorable moments that made Selebrasyon! a dynamic showcase of Haitian heritage.

To view a full list of the Selebrasyon! Community & Media Partners, Sponsors, and to learn more about Selebrasyon! CLICK HERE!

See what Caribbean Life had to say about Selebrasyon!
To view the full Selebrasyon! program, CLICK HERE!
To see photos from Selebrasyon!, CLICK HERE!
For videos of the festival,CLICK HERE!


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Selebrasyon! Open Studio Tours


Selebrasyon! Open Studio Tours


Sunday afternoons throughout Selebrasyon!, view new work by visiting the creative studios of Haitian and Haitian-American artists for an intimate opportunity to discuss their career, style, and inspiration.

May 25


Mahalia Stines

Open Studio Hours: 3 – 7pm
Location: 112 2nd Ave, Studio 6, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map

stines workMahalia Stines is a Haitian-American designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She describes her work as “Brooklyn meets the Tropics.” Creative Director and Designer for her store “Manny’s Sister”, Stines introduces vèvès into her interesting and colorful accessories to fit anyone’s personality and style, tying spirituality to fashion. Stines believes that “what we wear should [tell more] about who we are than the size of our bank accounts.

June 1


Eric Girault

Open Studio Hours: 1 – 5pm
Location: 55 Tiemann Place, #49, New York, NY Map

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“My work depicts the humbleness of everyday life. Life is everywhere; sweet, simple, and sincere in direct vibration with nature. The vibration is not only in the market scene of the suburb, on the fishermen’s boats, or on the wharf with the sailors, but lies in a communication that is deeper.”

Eric Girault was born in Jeremie on Haiti’s southern peninsula, on December 4, 1937. Girault is called “The Vibration of Life” for the sensation viewers get from his work. Today, although he only has 25% of his foggy vision left, he continues to be inspired and creates art every day in his studio in New York City.

June 8


Shakespeare Guirand

Open Studio Hours: 1 – 4pm
Location: 36 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11213 Map

Chemistry (detail)

“As a young prince growing up, a sense of holiness blew over my mind. I always felt with wonder the energies and elements that surround us, so alive in this mystical land. My career as a mysticism artist started in Atlanta, Georgia, where the spirit comes at the end of my brushes. Always engaged, I went to live in Brooklyn, a major turning point in my artistic life.”

Shakespeare Guirand was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Sophia Domeville

Open Studio Hours: 1 – 5pm
Location: Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102 Map

Hidden-BeautyA studio arts graduate of The College of New Rochelle, Sophia Domeville is a Haitian American Abstract Expressionist whose usage of expressive colors, textures and collage creates a Universal Language through Abstract Art. Her work can best be described as, “Bold, explosive, and deeply emotional.”

Domeville is a member of an artist collective, “Essential Elements Creative Collective” for Gallery Affero 2014 studio residency program.

June 25


Nadïne LaFond

Open Studio Hours: 1 – 5pm
Location: 122 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Map

nadine totem

“Making art for me starts with moments that immediately strike me as lessons. When the underlying tale begins to emerge, I follow that energy.”

Nadïne LaFond is a Haitian-American painter/mixed media artist working on paper, canvas, wood and found objects, creating images that explore journey and dimension through the layering of symbols. Relying on cues from Nature and personal experiences, her work layers the bird’s eye view and the eye to eye encounter at once.

Francks Deceus

Open Studio Hours: 1 – 5pm
Location: 122 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Map

“[The] time period following major social events, crises, upheavals, is particularly interesting to me; because at these crucial moments – those hours, days, weeks or months – we come together, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or class. We are able to respond to each other as human and nothing else. I have always been interested in events and issues that affect large groups of people simultaneously.”

The work is austere and playful in equal measure. The large groupings suggest a particular tension and mystery, yet the figures retain their own individual identity within a complex social structure.

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