|Chantal Bethel with admirers|
The HFAS, which officially opened on Thursday night, February 4th, at the historic Riverside Church, is a four-day travelling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography and is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora.
The Bahamas as one of the featured sponsors, of HFAS is showcasing three of its premier artists and their works. Also, the country’s Director of Heritage and Culture is on hand to share with show attendees on the history and culture of the archipelagic nation, including its deep-rooted ties to African Americans.
The Bahamian contingent of artists includes Eddie Minnis, Jamaal Rolle and Chantal Bethel, representing a cross section of Bahamian artistic talent. Centrally located in the exhibition hall, the works of the artists have been drawing lots of attention from admirers.
|Jamaal Rolle shares on his work|
The paintings of Chantal Bethel, on display include some of her signature pieces, including, “Tender Embrace” and “Queen of Heart.” Her works have drawn the attention of many who have edged as close as possible to peer at, and study the minute details of the art that was specially crafted with the use of acrylic crackle.
|Eddie Minnis is interviewed by HFAS' Nicolle Magnum|
Among those interviewing the Bahamian contingent on Thursday night, was Serata McKnight, of the show, “Sisters In The Struggle.” During this interview, Director of Culture and Heritage, Arlene Nash Ferguson, got to share on the rich and unique culture of The Bahamas and its people.
The HFAS opening night in New York featured a tribute to lifestyle maven B.Smith and her husband Dan Gatsby and a portrait of retiring Congresssman Charles B Rangel was unveiled.
At the conclusion of the New York show, HFAS moves on to Martha’s Vineyard, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Chicago, and then travels internationally to be hosted in Nassau, Bahamas in November. Details on the Bahamas show including dates, hotel rates and packages will be available online at www.bahamas.com/harlem-fine-arts-show