Category: Art Festival

Omar Victor Diop

Omar Victor Diop is an fine arts and fashion photographer from Dakar, Senegal who has a recent series of portraits called Liberty.  He explores the global black liberation struggle in a personal way, putting himself in each male role and his friend Khadija Boye posing in the female roles. As he portrayed moments from the… Read more »

Zoe Mulford, Joan Baez and Jeff Scher

Following the 2015 mass shooting at “Mother” Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Zoe Mulford wrote an evocative song about the shooting and President Barak Obama spontaneously singing “Amazing Grace” during the memorial service. Joan Baez included it in what is reported to be her final album “Whistle Down the Wind” released in March… Read more »

Abdalla Al Omari–Leaders as Refugees

Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari was angry about the pain of his people and the distance and hard-heartedness of world leaders to the plight of those who were vulnerable.  He turned his anger into a positive energy to transform perspectives through art.  He painted the faces of world leaders and people in privilege and power… Read more »

Mamuka Kapanadze

When war broke out between Russia and the Republic of Georgia in 2008 people steeped in the Orthodox Christian traditions were on both sides.  In the Orthodox tradition icons have played a major role in their spirituality and their church architecture, even with an “iconostasis,” a wall of these paintings of Christ and various saints,… Read more »

Ira Maruki (1901-1995) and Toshi Maruki (1912-2000)

The Maruki Gallery is a small art gallery outside of Tokyo. Iri and Toshi Maruki were a married couple, both artists. The grounds of the gallery include both their home and an exhibition of their work. The major exhibit is a collection of fifteen wall-sized paintings on folding screens of the experiences of those in… Read more »