My collage is entitled “Sakura,” the flowering cherry tree–the living and enduring symbol of friendship. Its blossoms are so delicate, graceful and lovely with diverse colors and shapes. I grew up in a suburb of Washington, D.C. and did not miss seeing the blossoms each spring. I was always in wonderment and awe as I walked along the Tidal Basin admiring the fragile, dainty flowers that last just a few weeks before gently fluttering to the ground. Its colors are so vast and range from nearly pure white, tinged with the palest pink to vibrant lavender and striking magenta. This year’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held over three weeks from March 20th through April 12th. You must visit this great springtime celebration and experience the blossom’s beauty, grace and elegance.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the Outsider Art Fair at the Center 548 gallery near my school in Chelsea. The exhibition presented extraordinary works by legendary and newly discovered self-taught artists from many countries. One artist who caught my attention was Angela Rogers. Her work reminded me of Basquiat, and I later learned that her art style was hugely influenced by him. Rogers is a “self-taught artist, singer, poet, and performer in Manhattan and attends the HAI studio program. Her haunting, eerie, figurative, visionary paintings are influenced and inspired by her southern Gothic childhood and her life-long interest helps her dealing with fear, wild, and imaginary emotions.” I was amazed and overwhelmed to see all the talented and brilliant works of art.
Most significantly, all proceeds from the sales of work at the Outsider Art Fair will go to benefit and support “God’s Love We Deliver” foundation that provides nutritious, packaged meals delivered to those living with life-altering illnesses. To help or learn more, please go to godslovewedeliver.org.
Tomorrow is the last day for Outsider Art Fair. Don’t miss it! 😀