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This week, our curator is part of 2 amazing panel discussions, one at JCTC Gallery on Destiny Art Talk and the other at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery on Black Art Collectors.

We continue our involvement in Greenville Art Walk, Amref Artball and Destiny, an exhibition. We finalized a call for work for RESISTANT WOMEN, another exhibition at the Jersey City Theater Center. Please share our newsletter with others by sending into others or asking them to sign up here (


This week, I am putting together a group of 50 folks who are interested in buying select black art and supporting black artists: African, Caribbean and African American artists.

This offer is for beginning collectors and folks who want to learn the process over a 3 year period. The idea is to purchase 5 pieces a year, get an exclusive email on what artists to purchase and attend some exclusive events of the artists you are interested in, buy, invest in and collect. If you are interested in being considered for the email list, please email me at


Join us for a panel discussion with curator and artists at Merseles Studios, Jersey City Theater center to discuss theme of Destiny. Art Talk features artists: Anna Kasperowitz, Lawrence Ciarallo, Donchellee Fulwood, and Janhavi Firke.  
Location: 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

Register here to participate  or

Jersey City Theater Center presents DESTINY: LOCAL TO GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, an exhibition exploring the multiple meanings of destiny in the world today. The show is curated by Atim Annette Oton, Jersey City Theater Center's art curators who posed the questions for artists to respond to:

What is Destiny? Are we bound for destiny or does destiny happen to us? Is it coincidence or synchronicity? Do we determine our fate or are we victims of it? What does our society of diverse & complex human beings believe or avoid believing? What are the cultural norms and do conform to or rebel against those norms?  Do artists create, interpret  or include destiny?

Destiny features a group of 16 culturally diverse artists: 
Geraldine Anderson Gaines, Ian "Billy Bones" Murphy, Nanette Reynolds Beachner, Grigory Gurevich, Catalina Aranguren, Janhavi Firke, Erin Kuhn, Lawrence Ciarallo, Monika Kalra, Tyber Qalipu Mishipeshu Murphy, Donchellee Fulwood, Duda Penteado, Anna Kasperowitz, David James, Cecilia Martinez, and Akil Roper.

Curated by Atim Annette Oton

Exhibition runs from February 7 - February 28
Gallery Hours
Thursday, 2PM - 7PM
Friday, 2PM - 7PM
Saturday, 1PM - 5PM (by appointment) 

Image above by Donchellee Fulwood
Calabar Gallery Talk Series organized by Atim Annette Oton featuring a panel of Black Art Collectors in the New Jersey and New York area.

Panelists: Roger Tucker, Derek Ware and Halima Taha 

Moderator: Atim Annette Oton 

A Calabar Gallery Talk Series organized by Atim Annette Oton featuring a panel of Black Art Collectors in the New Jersey and New York area. The panel will feature a discussion about how each of the collectors began and a presentation of some of the pieces in their collections.

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Greenville Art Walk curated by Atim Annette Oton is every First Sunday in Jersey City. Next one is March 1, 2020 from 1pm to 6pm

We are excited about our involvement in Greenville Art Walk, a monthly art series and gallery popup events in 2020 every first Sunday featuring art exhibitions in storefront spaces along Martin Luther King Drive and other areas in the community as part of the Stories of Greenville and spearheaded by Jersey City Theater Center. Through Stories of Greenville, JCTC spearheads a multidisciplinary arts project designed to bring exposure to Greenville artists – including visual artists, filmmakers, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and performers – by creating a series of workshops, events, educational programs and performances in one of Jersey City’s oldest but most vibrant neighborhoods. The event begins at Cherry's Lounge at 102 MLK Drive at 1pm and ends at 5pm. Register here to participate and if you are Interested, please email 


Seeking Contemporary African art work as a donation for the 2020 Amref Health Africa ArtBall, a premier contemporary African art auction and philanthropic event the will happen on May 2, 2020 in New York City. Artists Wangechi Mutu, El Anatsui, Toyin Odutola and Zanele Muholi were honored with the Rees Visionary Award over the last 4 years respectively.

In 2020, Amref will be honoring Ethiopian Artist Julie Mehretu with the Rees Visionary Award.

Atim Annette Oton is the African Art Curator for Amref. 2020 marks her 5th year with Amref Artball. If you are interested in donating art for the Artball Auction scheduled to be on Artsy, please apply here:


This year, Atim Annette Oton will serve on the host committee for the annual Bronx Charter School for the Arts (Bronx Arts) Fundraiser. Bronx Charter School for the Arts (Bronx Arts) is a public school founded on the principle that a rich and vibrant background in the arts is a key component of achieving academic excellence. Bronx Arts is in its 15th year of operation serving students in Hunts Point and Soundview areas of the Bronx.

She is seeking artwork for auction. Interested, please email us at

The event will take place on April 27 at the Sugarhill Children's Museum in Harlem.


Emerging And Established Caribbean Artists is an exhibition of the work of Caribbean artists in the US, Caribbean, Europe and across the world focused on Caribbean Spirituality, Identity and Change globally. Work selected will deal with juxtaposition, post colonialism, cultural survival, transformation and symbolism. All work of art will considered, including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, mixed-media, and photography. Please submit work is a PDF document with the following: 3 images of work responding to the call, a short bio, a list of exhibitions and cv
Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please email by February 29, 2020 to

Boundaries and Connections: Mapping Harlem Trails and Black and Native American Histories is an innovative arts project onsite project and series of exhibitions using art, performance and story telling in Fall 2020 proposed by Atim Annette Oton on a New York island. 

It will involve six to ten selected artists who will spend a month creating work about the theme, Boundaries and Connections, through multimedia, painting, photography and other mediums. Curated by Atim Annette Oton, 2 exhibitions will explore how shifting boundaries and community histories are interpreted in through art, story telling, performance and multimedia.

We are seeking 6 to 8 Harlem based artists who are currently working or have worked on Harlem, Black and Native American Histories to participate in an 3 week onsite arts residency. All work of art will considered, including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, installation, mixed-media, and photography. Please submit work is a PDF document with the following: 3-5 only images of work responding to the project described, a short bio, a list of exhibitions and cv, website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please email by February 29, 2020 to

On Facebook, we have been posting since January 1, 2020 fabulous art and culture article postings at our Facebook group, Calabar Gallery NYC, so join us at Calabar Gallery, NYC Facebook Group. It's free to join, just search for it if you really want the best articles to read.

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