Celebrity Art Series at KROMA in Village West
|From left art by Andre Guichard, Najee Dorsey and Joseph Grant Jr.|
“I have been attending Art Basel since its inception and I noticed the lack of diversity in the presence of black art galleries and attendees. I asked other black art lovers and experts to host a black art show during Art Basel. I was finally fed up that it never materialized. With the encouragement and financial support of friends, I debued Celebrity Art Series in Wynwood in 2012,” says Grovite Que Simmons.
This year's exhibition, “Black: The Art of Color," presents primitive, contemporary, and modern art by African American, Haitian, and African artists. The exhibition and cultural programs showcase the talent of high-profile artists, such as: Andre Guichard, Charly Palmer, Joseph Grant Jr., Najee Dorsey, Adrian Pickett, and Derek Joshua Beard. Added to the event is a spin on the annual “Taste of the Grove,” in which each nightly reception is sponsored by a local Grove restaurant with samples of their signature appetizers.
The Women’s International Film and Art Festival’s initiative “Reel Girls: Real Women” is the 2013 beneficiary of art sales. Signitaries, art collectors, and the black-arterati were invited to join in for an exciting week of events in historic Coconut Grove.
Tuesday, December 3 - 4-8 pm - Vernissage
A Night in Tuscany Reception sponsored by STRADA in the Grove
Wednesday, December 4 - 6-8 pm - Art of Collecting – presented by Artist Joseph Grant Indian Delight Reception sponsored by Bombay Darbar Restaurant
Thursday, December 5 - 6- 10 pm - Art of Investing presented by Artist Adrian Pickett. Lyrical Palette presented by Medium Four.
Latin Flair Reception sponsored by Panorama Restaurant
Friday, December 6 - 6-8 pm - Performance Art– featuring Artist Charly Palmer; American Bistro Reception by Green Street Restaurant
Saturday, December 7 - 2–5 pm - Signature Art Auction A Night in France Reception sponsored by Georges in the Grove
Sunday, December 8 - noon-5 pm - Champagne Closing Reception
Thai Fusion Reception sponsored by Atchana's East West Kitchen
Wednesday, December 4 –9, noon-7 pm
Sunday, December 8 - noon-5 pm
KROMA is a new collective art space located in Village West in the heart of the historic Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future. As a premiere arts incubator and the latest initiative of the Collaborative Development Corporation, KROMA will host exhibits showcasing the myriad of perspectives that are a result of the African diaspora and beyond. KROMA looks to advance the knowledge and practice of the arts through education and programming, which will not only enrich the lives of the community, but further develop the careers of resident artists.
Celebrity Art Series was founded by Que Simmons in 2012 to promote art collecting and support non-profit organizations that work with artists and the creative arts community.
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