Newark Arts takes a class photo at The Gathering 1.0
Published January 1, 2018 | Brick City Live
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. Photo by Larry Lyons
In fall 2017, Newark Arts hosted not one, but two historic photo shoots to commemorate the 16th Annual Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival.
The first-ever photo shoots, entitled The Gathering 1.0, will become an annual photo shoot and mixer for participating Open Doors artists, where they can fellowship, celebrate and simply be themselves. Veteran Open Doors artists shared stories with first-timers, and the youngest participants–from the Link Community Charter School–soaked up knowledge from our “seasoned” inhabitants of the Dietze Building Artist Colony, one of the nation’s oldest.
Representing each Open Doors cluster around the city (they wre Halsey Street North and South, Market Street, the Gateway and historic Ironbound District and University Heights), close to 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 the instant classic images, and 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 the foremost photographer of the Harlem Renaissance,” said Lyons.
“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,” he added.
As dusk set upon the atrium skylight, one group was joined by the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, himself an artist whose administration has been hailed as being ahead of the curve on understanding the importance of arts and culture.
“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 Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director of Newark Arts. “We were thrilled to be able to bring our participating artists together for a photo spread that people will peruse for years to come.”
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. Photo by Larry Lyons
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