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Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future Art Exhibit Reception
February 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a Black History Month “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” Art Exhibit Reception at The Holtzman Gallery at the Katz JCC. Live music with The Eddie Morgan Trio, complimentary wine and light fare will be available. Meet & Greet with featured artists. Special remarks will be made by Rabbi Weis of Congregation Beth Israel and Kaleem Shabazz, Atlantic City Councilman. The work of talented black artists will be on exhibit at the JCC from February 5 – March 5. All fine art is available for acquisition. For more information or questions, please call 609-822-1167 ext 159 or email email@example.com.
This event is free and open to the public.
About the artists:
VALERIA J. MARCUS
Valeria graduated with a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her thesis while spending time at a home for abused children which began her slow journey to research and study child abuse in depth for the last four decades. She sold her first oil painting as a teenager, and first published photography assignment while still a student at Moore. Valeria continues to exhibit and sell her art throughout the nation. Valeria has served as a curator on a few exhibitions in Atlantic City, New Jersey since 2014. She has worked as a photojournalist with various newspapers and publications and as a social caseworker for the City of Atlantic City for twelve years.
Kimberly Camp began her career as a professional artist 49 years ago with a sidewalk exhibition in Woodbury, NJ. Since then, her paintings and dolls have been shown throughout the US in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. Her list of exhibitions is extensive, including the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, International Sculpture Center, University of Michigan, the Hand Workshop, Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts, Bomani Gallery, CRT Craftery Gallery and Manchester Craftsman’s Guild.
Her work has been prominently featured in traveling exhibitions including “Spirit of the Cloth: African American Quilters,” curated by Edjohnetta Miller for the Craftery Gallery; “Touch: Beyond the Visual,” curated by Angela Adams, National Museum for Women in the Arts for the Arlington Art Center, VA; and “Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects” curated by Willis Bing Davis for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio. Camp’s workshops and residencies include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Longwood Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, the African American Museum Philadelphia, and Indiana University, Pennsylvania. Her paintings and dolls are in the collections of Anne Wollman, Faith Ringgold, Judith Jamison, the Reader’s Digest, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and the J.B. Speed Art Museum. Additionally, she has been featured in Essence, Nouvel Objet, the New York Times, FiberArts, National Geographic World, the Village Voice and Smithsonian.
Nastassia A. Davis is a graduate of Montclair State Univesity with a BA in Fine Arts Studio and minor in African-American Studies. As the photographer, subject and editor to all her self-portraits, Nastassia is a one-woman powerhouse, creating colorful, surreal-like digital interpretations from her imagination. Whether inspired by a ground-breaking political story, or personal idea, Nastassia uses herself and a digital camera to question stereotypes and make a statement through the power of a photo. She’s exhibited her work in Washington, D.C., New York City and Switzerland, to name a few. Her work has been included in several publications.
JOHN A. MORRIS
Co-owner of Blockhead Customs, John Morris is South Jersey mixed media artist who specializes in all forms of art. From murals to clothing he uses any material he can get his hands on to express what’s truly under the surface.
Kelley Prevard, a 27-year-old self-taught artist who lives in Pleasantville, uses her art to challenge beliefs about gender, beauty, and race. In 2016, Prevard won first place for her piece, “Patters of Oppression,” at the Economic Inequality Art Exhibit, was featured in the “Black Art Matters,” exhibition in New York City, and at the Noyes Arts Garage. “I think in our society we can get so caught up on the day-to-day tasks and paying the bills we forget to do what’s in our heart. I feel so lucky I get to do what’s in my heart,” said Prevard, who teaches Art the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club