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CALABAR GALLERY
HARLEM: 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030. 646-964-5062

Website: Calabar Gallery and Instagram page (please follow us here too). 
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Welcome to CALABAR GALLERY. We showcase contemporary African Artists and African Diaspora artists globally. Based in Harlem, work featured is inspired and influenced by black African culture globally with a focus on dynamic ideas about art and society.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”― Helen Keller
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — T.S. Eliot
“Leap and the net will appear.” — Zen Saying
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.” — Maya Angelou


This week, we are pleased to say that Kenny Ingram, Choreographer, Actor, and Creator, (https://www.kennyingram.com/), formerly of the Lion King and I sold a show to producers that will center itself around Calabar Gallery. We began this project around the idea doing a Talk Show, and in a meeting this week it pivoted to a show about Harlem and the gallery. The producers over a Zoom call said: we love the idea and we would like to produce it around Kenny who is so delightful and infectiously funny. HUGE NEWS.
 


I took last week off to finalize two major contracts and can only share the project with Kenny, the other will be in retail stores across the US later this year. 

INSTAGRAM DAILY ART SALES:

More news: We launched our Black History Month project on Instagram (please follow us @calabargallery) and sold 6 pieces already. That's about 2 pieces evey 6 days. Not bad for a daily post.

OUR ZAMBIAN ART COLLECTOR COLLABORATION:

Last month, I was on a zoom call with an American collector who is based in Zambia. She had been following the work of the gallery and reached out to say, can we work together and help Zambian artists? I said yes and we are working on an auction and are planning an exhibition. Why? Well, not much is really seen of Zambian artists in the US and the work is phenomenal. So stay tuned.


RE-OPENING TO THE PUBLIC - OUR OPEN HOUSE. 
 
Finally, we are excited to announce that we will re-open cautiously in April with an Exhibition, a Talk and the Black Womens Art Collectors Project. We call it our first Open House.

Stay healthy, safe and spread the word about our gallery.
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Atim
Atim Annette Oton
Curator and Gallery Director
HUGE NEWS - We are getting ready for our first OPEN HOUSE. Yes, I said OPEN HOUSE. We are projecting to open the gallery to having our first live onsite event but it is only open to NYC area residents. We thought we try something really different and re-introduce ourselves since it's been a while.
Join us for our first onsite event: an open house, a talk about the Black Women Art Collectors Project and an exhibition preview.  It's for April 17 and 18 from 1pm to 6pm.

We will practice Covid-19 protocols and permit 10 people at a time, only 10 people, so every half an hour, we will expect a new audience - we are calling this our #covid #people #movable #installation. So register below for a time in our schedule. We will be reaching out to confirm that you do live in the vicinity and will actually come. Yes, it's a #covid exclusive event

Our weekend begins on this weekend and will have time slots on both Saturday and Sunday. We will talk about two projects: our first live exhibition in a long while and arts collectors project.

1pm: Doors open to preview space

1:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

1:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project

REGISTER HERE.

3:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

3:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project

REGISTER HERE.

5:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

5:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project
REGISTER HERE.

OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROJECT: 

This Month, February, Calabar Gallery will honor BLACK HISTORY MONTH daily by honoring the lives of BLACK PEOPLE globally, the culture, dreams and futures on our Instagram page.

Please follow us on Instagram and remember, we showcase the work of our artists, some new work, some old, all under $500, and at an affordable price point for new buyers and all buyers. Please email us at info@calabargallery.com 

Atim Annette Oton @atimannetteoton will be presenting CALABAR GALLERY and THE BLACK WOMEN ART COLLECTORS PROJECT at the DSGNRS WRKSHP @dsgnrswrkshp on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, at 7:30pm. We will use some avatars and 3D to show an exhibition.

Our Avatar, Essense will be reporting from Calabar Gallery's new space on the designers campus at the event. We're presenting an exhibition called Engaging Theory and Building a Thesis in an Art Practice: Artists and Works. This show has been curated by gallery owner, Atim Annette Oton at VISIBILITY and DESIGN this Thursday, February 18 at seven thirty pm! Our serene space embedded within the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, will preview select artists who will be travelling to the upcoming CaFA Art Fair in Barbados. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery!


Join me by registering at https://visibilityxdsgn.splashthat.com/

Get a 10% OFF using this code: CALABARXDSGN

dsgnrswrkshp is a F.U.B.U. collective geared towards empowering the underrepresented Black maker. As a maker group that celebrates all sub-disciplines within the design umbrella, we aim to promote collaboration, improve craft, and encourage entrepreneurship while celebrating our culture(s).
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: TURIYA MAGADLELA

This week, we are pleased to announce  a strategic relationship to sell the work of TURIYA MAGADLELA who is based in South Africa, to show and sell her work directly to our buyers and collectors. If you do not know her work - we are pleased to introduce her to you. We are offering these pieces to be sold as well as some others, and you can contact us via this email - info@calabargallery.com

Top: Untitled, from the series inequalities 2019, tights over canvas, each piece 120 x 120cm (THESE ARE 3 PIECES, 47.2441 x 47.2441 inches)

Bottom: Khala, Colour, Color, composition in purple, 2020, tights over canvas, each piece 120 x 120cm (47.2441 x 47.2441 inches)

If you are interested- so please reach out to us at info@calabargallery.com

South African artist Turiya Magadlela (b. 1978, Johannesburg, South Africa) works with commonly found fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms. She creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her subject matter moves between articulations of personal experiences of woman and motherhood, and narratives from black South African history. Magadlela engages in a conversation on the colonization of black bodies and women; her art uses materials capitalist in nature at a time when commodification is ever more prescient. In 2017, Magadlela presented a solo exhibit at The Armory Show, NY. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both locally and internationally, including Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation; Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection at the Gantt Centre; The Past is Present at Jack Shainman Gallery; and Blackness in Abstraction at Pace Gallery. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious FNB Art Prize. She studied at the University of Johannesburg and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2018, Magadlela was featured in a list of the top “10 African artists to invest in now” by the TimesLive, and shortlisted for the Jean-François Prat Prize.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MUSAH SWALLAH

This week, we also have a strategic agreement with Musah Swallah, a Ghanaian Artist who is based in Washington DC, to show and sell his work directly to our buyers and collectors. If you do not know his work - we are pleased to introduce him to you. We will be showing her work next month at CaFA Art Fair in Barbados and will offer these pieces to be sold only via this email only - so please reach out to us at info@calabargallery.com

Top: Punk 707 2020, Acrylic on Wood, 32 x 26 inches
Left: Beard, 2020, Acrylic on wood, 34 x 25 inches
Right: Half Currency, 2020, Acrylic on wood, 33 x 27 x 1 inches

If you are interested- so please reach out to us at info@calabargallery.com

Musah Swallah is a professional Ghanaian visual artist born and raised in the densely populated community of Nima, which  largely Muslim community, where people of different faiths live together harmoniously in the heart of Accra, Ghana. His paintings, murals, and mixed media works serve as tools that are designed to promote self-expression, create awareness, provoke dialogue, and transform society. His paintings reflect his experience in various African cultures and his main objective is to render the daily lives of people on canvas. He does so by presenting the aesthetic value of colorful scenes while telling the story of various African societies and the challenges they face.

ART TALK: DIALOGUES WITH ARTISTS
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York

MUSAH SWALLAH 

A Talk With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 

DATE: February 22, 2021 

TIME:  4:00PM EST, 9:00PM UTC, 11:00PM GMT, 9:00PM CAT  


WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE AT CALABAR GALLERY: facebook.com/calabargallery
AND CALABAR GALLERY FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/calabargallery


This is one of the weekly conversations with 8 artists who will be presenting at CaFa Art Fair. Artists will talk about their work, processes and projects from their home based and studio locations in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C, London, Kinshasa and Lusaka. 
WHAT'S NEW:  CaFA ART FAIR in BARBADOS in March 2021
Join us virtually in Barbados in March 2021.

CALABAR GALLERY will be at CAFA ART FAIR 2021.
CAFA Art Fair will be hosted virtually from March 10– March 24, 2021 with invited galleries and artists.
We begin 2021 in preparation for CAFA Art Fair in Barbados from March 10– March 24, 2021 by launching our new series:

ART TALK: DIALOGUES WITH ARTISTS
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York

We will be featuring artists this January until March, 2021:

Danielle Scott
Mario Joyce Belyusar
Musah Swallah
Sonia E. Barrett
Elan Cardiz
Alexandre Kyungu
Donchellee Fulwood
Mulenga J. Mulenga

The series will feature curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton in weekly conversations with these 8 artists who will be presenting at CaFa Art Fair.

Artists will be talking about their work, processes and projects from their home based and studio locations in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C, London, Kinshasa and Lusaka.
OUR INSTAGRAM ART TALK SERIES -
JOIN US EVERY MONTH ON FACEBOOK LIVE
ART TALK: DIALOGUES
ART COLLECTING STRATEGIES
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York 

CHARLES MOORE 

A Talk With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 


DATE: MARCH 15, 2021 

TIME: 4pm EST, 9pm GMT, 
9PM UTC, 11pm CAT 

WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE 
AT CALABAR GALLERY 
AND FB GROUP Calabar Gallery 

Charles Moore is an art historian, art collector, author, and doctorate student in art education and museum studies at Columbia University. Moore holds an MBA from St John's University and a Master's in museum studies from Harvard University. As a participant in the Artis Curatorial Residency Program, his research brings contemporary visual artists from Israel into dialogue with his research topics. He has written on the economics of art and contemporary artists for publications as diverse as Artnet, Artsy Editorial, Arte Fuse, Cultured Magazine and Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine
HUGE NEWS: 

MONDAY, MARCH 22
JOIN US AT 4:00PM EST 

ART TALK: DIALOGUES
ART COLLECTING STRATEGIES
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York 

ROGER C. TUCKER III 
HALIMA TAHA
DEREK WARE 

With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 


DATE: MARCH 22, 2021 

TIME: 4pm EST, 9pm GMT, 
9PM UTC, 11pm CAT 

WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE 
AT CALABAR GALLERY 
AND FB GROUP Calabar Gallery 

Collector Roger C. Tucker III is the Director of Tucker Contemporary Art which is focused on collectors and institutions interested in acquiring, exhibiting and promoting emerging contemporary artists, an eclectic mix of artists that challenge class, culture, gender and racial boundaries and define the global contemporary art world today. Roger is a recognized art industry influencer, using social media and live events to advocate for a more inclusive art community that embraces the unique voices of diverse artists. 

Halima Taha is best known for her groundbreaking book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas (1998, 2005), the first book to validate collecting African American fine art and photography as an asset and commodity in the marketplace. Ms. Taha’s forthcoming publication, Collecting Contemporary African and Black American Art in the 21st Century is an expanded and lavishly illustrated how to and reference guide with specific criteria for becoming an informed collector at every level. 

Collector Derek Ware is a Professor of Economics at a local college in Newark, NJ.  His introduction to collection of art began early in his adult years during his attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. During that experience he joined Crossroad, which is the African version of the peace corps, and in this experienced travel to several countries in African assisting in building schools, hospitals and water treatments plants. Collection began with taking souvenirs back home, and studying it meanings and purposes. 
I am now open to doing speaking engagements, so please send us your inquiries to info@calabargallery.com 

Atim Annette Oton, Curator, Art Fundraiser, Strategist, and Entrepreneur, Director, Calabar Gallery and Art Consulting Director, The Creative Side and Nigerian-born, American and British educated designer turned Curator. 
  • Atim Annette Oton is an art curator, gallerist, art and design fundraiser, visionary thinker, strategist, and entrepreneur whose expertise is in art and design education, exhibition curation and design, and retail with over 25 years of experience. She has raised over $3 million dollars for art and design institutions as well as several International nonprofits. She has raising funds for Bronx River Arts Center, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and Amref Health Africa through art initiatives like auctions.
Please feel free to recommend me- we are available to speak virtually about Art and Galleries in the midst of Covid-19 - at info@calabargallery.com 
Black Artists in their Own Realm: Ideas, Materials and Techniques is an exhibition focused on exploring what ways Black Artists globally are working ideas from concept to processing, using materials and techniques to evolve artwork.

The exhibition will showcase a group of African, Caribbean and African American Artists whose work dig deep into ideas, materials and technique innovatively and philosophically curated by Atim Annette Oton of Calabar Gallery. It may be online based on the state of Covid-19.

Please send us your most captivating work that responds directly to the call and we are looking for work under $5000. Please send 3 to 5 images with title, year, medium, and size to info@calabargallery.com  with a short bio and a short description about each work as it relates to Ideas, Materials and Techniques.

Deadline: February 28, 2021
WHAT'S NEW:  PLEASE TAKE OUR FIRST SURVEY in 2021
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FEBRUARY 18, online

Join Pigment Magazine on February 18th along with their partners the Chicago Reader, Chicago Gallery News and New Day Culture.  

Register now by visiting
https://newdayperformances.com/  Each registration receives a copy of the Fall/Winter 2020 Pigment Magazine. 

The Harlem Renaissance, Black Art Movement (BAM) and AfriCOBRA were among the most widely recognized Black Fine Art Movements of the 20th Century. The Florida Highwaymen, while among that group, have received much less recognition outside their home state.   What makes the Highwaymen so unique is their stated goal to free themselves from a life of “planting, picking and menial labor”.  

Their art, while both beautiful and inspiring, was also a means to an end.  They were Black entrepreneurs who plied their craft out of the trunk of their car along Florida roadways thereby earning the sobriquet Florida Highwaymen. 

This Black History Month Pigment International™ explores the intersection of art and entrepreneurship with two experts on the Highwaymen – Dr. Michael Butler, Florida Highwaymen art collector and owner of Griot Gallery in Miami and Canadian Tony Hayton, a devotee of the Highwaymen who evangelizes on their relevance in the Black art ecosystem. 

Join us on February 18th along with our partners the Chicago Reader, Chicago Gallery News and New Day Culture.  Register now by visiting https://newdayperformances.com/  Each registration receives a copy of the Fall/Winter 2020 Pigment Magazine. 
ARTWORK AVAILABE FROM OUR WEBSITE
Untitled by Doba Afolabi
Untitled by Doba Afolabi
$1,700.00
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Girl by Nyemike Onwuka
Girl by Nyemike Onwuka
$2,750.00
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Natural Beauty, Francis Annan Affotey
Natural Beauty, Francis Annan Affotey
$1,700.00
View
ONGOING: A SPECIAL INVITE TO OUR FACEBOOK GROUP:
 
CALABAR GALLERY as a teaching and information place for art.
We continue this year working hard on our very private Calabar Gallery Facebook Group:  
www.facebook.com/groups/calabargallery/ and now we are opening it up for you to join. Once you apply and respond to 3 questions, you will join a daily feed of art and cultural articles. This newsletter is free and you can share it but please ask your friends to SIGN UP HERE.
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