1st Row: Ole Lie Vandal, Lowell Craig, Joyce Anne Judd, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Lauren Craig. 2nd Row: Uchenna Okosa, Kim J. Ford, Isabel Matos, Emoni Foster, Danielle Scott, Kween Moore, June Dowell-Burton, Suzanne Joblonski. 3rd Row: Jeremy Johnson, Anne Englot, Fayemi Shakur, Marco Hall, Lorenzo Pickett, Chandri Barat, Jeffrey Osbourne, Jarrett Adams, Judith Langford. 4th Row: Claudia Garzesi, Bianca Allen, Antonio Rendeiro, Matt Gosser, Amrisa Niranjan, Luisa F. Pinzon Romero, Samantha Katehis, Caren King Choi, Kern Bruce. 5th Row: Camilo Satiro, Maria Pilar Paradiso, Gbemisola Kim Oyebola, Stephanie Small, Naeema Campbell, Khadijah Bint Costello. 6th Row: Xavier Josiah, Yvonne Onque, Lynette Lashawn, Paul Dennison, Steven Tettamanti.
In Fall 2017, Newark Arts hosted two historic photo shoots to commemorate the 16th Annual Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival.
The first-ever photo shoot series, entitled TheGathering 1.0, will become an annual photo shoot and mixer for participating Open Doors artists, is meant to be an occasion for them to fellowship, celebrate and simply be themselves.
At the first Gathering, veteran Open Doors participants shared stories with first-timers, and the festival’s youngest participants, from Link Community Charter School, soaked up knowledge from the “seasoned” inhabitants of the Dietze Building Artist Colony in the Ironbound, one of the nation’s oldest.
Representing each Open Doors cluster around the city—Halsey Street North and South, Market Street, the Gateway and historic Ironbound District cluster, and University Heights—nearly 100 artists over two days mixed and mingled while enjoying light bites provided by Whole Foods Newark in the Grand Court of the Hahne & Co. Building downtown.
Larry Lyons of Brick City Varsity captured both images. He said the project was a dream come true. “My scholarly work and creative vision have been indelibly shaped by James VanDerZee, who got his start shooting portraits in the Hahne & Company building in 1915 and went on to become theforemost photographer of the Harlem Renaissance,” said Lyons.
He continued: “For someone like me who’s infatuated with Newark’s knack for producing world-renowned art and artists, it was the highest of honors to shoot a group as diverse and accomplished as the Open Doors family, and to follow in VanDerZee’s footsteps by using the very same building to capture the essence of a renaissance here in Newark.”
1st Row (seated): Paul Dennison, Suliman Onque, Yvonne Onque, Nell Painter, Marco Hall, Susan Schear, Lauren Craig. 1st Row (standing): Emma Wilcox, Evonne Davis, Malik Whitaker, Gary Barat, Chandri Barat, Kim J. Ford, Kween Moore, Judith Langford, Lorenzo Pickett, Sindy Snchz, Ole Lie Vandal, Toby. 2nd Row: Maribel Jusino-Iturralde, Erica Puckett, Stephen “Rainbow Squadron” McKenzie, Angela Pilgrim, Eion Haynes, Zay Little. 3rd Row: Claudia Garzesi, Allison Capel, Gregg Banks, Isabel Matos, Suzanne Joblonski, Regine Jean Louis. 4th Row: Camilo Satiro, Antonio Rendeiro, Lynette Lashawn, Matt DV. 5th Row: Rebecca Jampol, Jeremy Johnson, Dr. Jah Jah Shakur, Agnes Deja. 6th Row: Randy Harris, Marcy Depina, Kern Bruce, Samille Ganges. 7th Row: Jo-El Lopez, Joyce Anne Judd, Jerry Gant, Josie Gonsalves, Jali Conrad Ukweli, Lisa Conrad, Anne Kneuer. 8th Row: Victor Reynolds, Lydie Bemba, Alisa Lemon, Laura Mashtaler, Lylah, Jennifer Coard. Top Row: Victor Davson, Sunil Garg, Jeff Billingsley.
As dusk set upon the atrium skylight, one group of Newark Arts participants was joined by Mayor Ras J. Baraka, an artist himself who has been celebrated for understanding the importance of the arts to the vitality of a city. Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director of Newark Arts, said the photo shoot was essential to capturing the zeitgeist of Newark arts for posterity.
“Both Mayor Baraka and the Newark Arts team understand the importance of memorializing the brilliant work that our arts community is continually contributing to the landscape as well as documenting the artists themselves,” said Johnson. “We were thrilled to be able to bring our participating artists together for a photo spread that people will peruse for years to come.”
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