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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.

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” - Paulo Coelho

“Instead of focusing on that circumstances that you cannot change – focus strongly and powerfully on the circumstances that you can.” - Joy Page


We took Monday off from our weekly Art Talk Series to spend the week planning the season and to work on several new acquisitions.
  • Our first exhibition is still up until May 16, so come and see it. 
  • The Fine Arts and Performing Arts Department at Bowie State University is looking for US based companies who can offer internships for their students, please reach out and I will be able to put you in touch with the chair. It is an immediate need: They are looking for: film, fashion, animation, design and social media opportunities. 
 



























OUR ARTISTS ARE IN THE NEWS  - from a spotlight on P. W. Ng'ang'a  to a full editorial on Pamella Allen, Read it here: https://www.gardenspices.org/pamella-allen-fine-arts/ Just a short reminder - our auction ends at 9pm on Friday. 

You can also register to attend our exhibition, it's up until May 16 and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-artists-and-processes-exhibition-at-calabar-gallery-tickets-151287201091
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Atim Annette Oton
Curator and Gallery Director
WINFRED NANA AMOAH , GHANAIAN ARTIST JOINS CALABAR GALLERY
CALABAR GALLERY is delighted to announce that:

GHANAIAN BASED ARTIST WINFRED NANA AMOAH will be joining our list of exclusive artists we represent.

Please welcome him to our gallery family. It's a huge responsibility for us and artists in these times but we believe in his talent, work, ideas, processes, and techniques in his art practice.

Winfred Nana Amoah (born 18 march 1996, Hohoe, Ghana) is a Hohoe based artist whose media of practice includes plastics, textiles, used credit cards, research articles, newspapers and acrylic on canvas. Amoah uses these materials to explore personal identities and community belonging, particularly in the contemporary Ghanaian context. Amoah series of mixed media depicts the faces of some of the Hohoe- dwelling people. The faces as a universal concept is a communicative event. Seeing these faces, we are left to be "accomplices " in making meaning of these pro-communicative gestures. We see the smile and we assume their happy. When they are stern, we wonder what they might be thinking.

We will be adding his work to our website but feel free to inquire about these pieces below. Please contact us via this email - info@calabargallery.com
 
1. Be by Me, 2020, Mixed Media – Textiles, call cards and acrylic on canvas, 39 inches X 43 inches
2. Lebene (Take Care of Her), Mixed Media – Textiles, call cards and acrylic on canvas, 81cm x 87cm
3. Jean-Michel Basquiat 001, 2020, Mixed Media – Textiles, call cards and acrylic on canvas, 46.1 x 55.1 inches (117 cm x 140 cm)
4. Akotowaa, 2021, Mixed Media – Textiles, call cards and acrylic on canvas, 45 inch x 40 inches

PLEASE EMAIL about prices for work above by contacting us via this email - info@calabargallery.com
CALABAR GALLERY EXHIBITION AFRICAN ARTISTS AND PROCESSES, FEATURING THE WORK OF ALEXANDRE KYUNGU MWILAMBWE AND P. WAMAITHA NG'ANG'A IS OPEN WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY. 

We have created an Eventbrite with dates this week to register to see the exhibition- it will help us to cautiously monitor attendance and maintain Covid-19 protocols with attendance at 8-10 at a time. 




For those of you who are unable to attend our exhibition - here is a video of photographer Wamaitha Ng'ang'a talk about her work in the show - here.  Otherwise, you can REGISTER TO ATTEND AT HERE 
NEW WORK BY GHANAIAN ARTIST, MUSAH SWALLAH

Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Musah Swallah is a visual artist whose paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works render stories that reflect Ghanaian and African culture, values, and everyday life. Swallah uses art as a tool for self-expression, creating awareness, provoking dialogue, and transforming society. His artwork speaks to youth aspirations, urban environments, and globalization. Swallah was born and raised in the densely populated community of Nima, which is 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.

We are offering these pieces to be sold as well as some others, and you can contact us via this email - info@calabargallery.com

1. RED LIPS, 2021, Acrylic on Paper. 25.5 x 19.5 inches
2. Two Curve Hair, 2021, Acrylic on Paper. 15 x 25 inches
3. Nose Ring, 2021, Acrylic on Paper. 25.5 x 19.5 inches
4. Lemon Hair, 2021, Acrylic on Paper. 22 x 15 inches
5. Zigzag Line, 2021, Acrylic on plywood. 23 x 24 inches
6. City CUt, 2021, Acrylic on plywood. 16 x 24 inches

PLEASE EMAIL about prices for work above by contacting us via this email - info@calabargallery.com
MORE WORK FROM HUSSEIN SALIM, SUDANESE ARTIST

“My struggle to continue painting is just a form of resistance, a resistance which at its root is grounding, naïve and primitive. I have but dreams, dreams that no other has used. Those are the gardens of my paintings. Hungry for exposure, for nudity lavishing in the wait of the insane.” - HUSSEIN SALIM

We are offering these pieces to be sold as well as some others, and you can contact us via this email - info@calabargallery.com

1. Untitled 2, 2020, Acrylic on canvas. 120 cm x 120 cm
4. Untitled 3, 2020, Acrylic on canvas. 120 cm x 120 cm

PLEASE EMAIL about prices for work above by contacting us via this email - info@calabargallery.com
HUSSEIN SALIM

As a result of a tumultuous political and economical period in Sudan, which too brought about disputes of its historical context, Hussein Salim spent a number of years as a refugee in various countries such as Egypt and South Africa. Despite his artistic training in Khartoum University, he attained his Master’s degree in art at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He has exhibited extensively overseas along with acclaimed local galleries, such as Johans Borman and Bonisa Private Gallery. It was during this time, that Salim and his family embarked on both an emotional and awakening return back to his homeland, Sudan. Inspired by its diversity and diasporic, multicultural communal structure, his body of work aims to celebrate this through extensive layering of symbols masked by rich colors. Following the example of graciousness, humility and resilience of the Sudanese, Hussain Salim has worked closely with NGO’s such as African Angels and Buccaneers Outreach program, whom focus on the sustenance and uplifting of children and schools in marginalized communities with proceeds of his artwork sales being donated to various outreach schemes. He is represented by Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town, South Africa.
CALABAR GALLERY ARTS RESIDENCY at BKLYN COMMONS
Calabar Gallery's first Arts Residency targeting BLACK ARTISTS IN BROOKLYN AND HARLEM, NEW YORK. CALABAR GALLERY ARTS RESIDENCY at BKLYN COMMONS, a 3 month residency, is now open and accepting applications - details are here.
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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GALLERY IN HARLEM:  646-964-5062 
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