Those participating in the festival included Jarold Eastman, Garvin Gray, Kennis Baptiste, Robert V. Reid, Donovan Nelson, Debbie Eschoe, Answerd Stewart, Hawwaa Ibrahim, Willie Torbert, Jamrock Clothing and NUBIA Nubian Collection.
Sizzle Arts Festival provided a platform where creative artists and artisans formed a network to promote and exhibit their work.
The Sizzle Arts Fest Initiative strives to create artist-led experiences and strengthen the local art scene.
NUBIA Nubian Collection Showcases At” Sizzle Arts” Festival 2018
NUBIA is an International Fashion Model, SAG-AFTRA Actor & Brilliant Visual Artist. NUBIA has graced the runway for NYFW, NYBFW- (New York Bridal Fashion Week for ‘Peojecf Runway Winner Irina Shabayeva’) , VIFW- (US Virgin Islands Fashion Week), She’s appeared in numerous print including Seventeen, Marie Claire, Verizon World Cup for Nigeria, Time Square Billboard for Designer NYGARD to name a few.
As an Actress, she appeared on ANTM – America’s Next Top Model as a Guest Model, appeared on a few Film, TV Shows. But, one of her most proud moment was as a Principal Actor on the Hit HBO Show “Vinyl” as one of the ‘Sweet Inspiration’ Singers Directed by Martin Scorsese.
NUBIA has always enjoyed drawing as a child in her home and island St. Croix, USVI and recall always winner a medal or trophy for her art drawings and paintings. Her pride and joy was entertaining a RIF- Reading is Fundamental Art Contest and Winning Locally and having her artwork Exhibit in Washington DC.
A few years later she received and art scholarship to represent the entire US Virgin Islands in Rhode Island for an international event called WSAG- (World Scholar Athlete Games) which was an International United Nation Summer Camp including all 50 States and 150 Countries and Island to partake in Athlete & Artist World Peace Conference. NUBIA Artwork Place 1st and she appeared in the ‘Providence Journal”.
She has gone on to do portraits for clients and partake in Art Exhibits and including this one.
Being an artist is about being present in the moment and transforming that instant of existence into a visual communication that inspires, endures and becomes an atmospheric catalyst or wellbeing. What does that mean? That means that my task is not only to look, but to perceive; everyone and everything around me. To translate all that is going on and channel that into the one vibration,the one common denominator that is resonating everywhere at that one instant in time.
My game is to harmonize all of that stimuli, get it down on a two dimensional plane and then shoot it back out into the world. Applying my tools and artistic knowledge, I make all those nuances an enjoyable visible experience. Then I look at it and others look at it and feel something good about it. The product is works of art that contribute to the beauty of the viewer’s environment.
Since 2013, the year she dedicated her lifelong painting skills to fine art, Lesley Koenig has achieved stellar accomplishments. Her abstracts have been juried into many shows including invitations to international online galleries and also winning an award. So far in 2015, she has been selected for two solo exhibitions. Her inspiration is fueled by many elements; from classical art, architecture, music, nature and observing everyday life. Koenig was born in New York and studied at Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League.
As a professional artist, LESLEY KOENIG goal is to make spaces more beautiful. Choosing high grade, archival, museum grade materials ensures my products endure in beauty and value for generations to come. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org re questions on shipping charges on originals or to order custom paintings.
I create art because it’s a need–like needing to breathe. Making art has been my favorite activity for as long as I can remember; probably going back before my earliest memory of being given a watercolor set at ag 6. I sat there painting for 12 hours! Hard to believe, but it happened!
My work is colorful, vibrant and energetic. It helps me to put more beauty in the world. That’s my main purpose in life. I’m very fortunate that my work helps not only me but others to connect with that fun, happy, wondrous, bright spark of individuality inside. Original art has timeless, magnetic and magical qualities of providing happiness, inspiration and sense of well being. It’s great to receive so many compliments about how my paintings help others to have, connect and reconnect with positive, pleasurable states of mind and experiences over and over again.
Being a contemporary artist is the path in life that enables the best expression of myself. I work intuitively, picking up colors with no prior thought in mind. In creating each unique piece, I use layers of different mediums, surfaces, tools and techniques.
I strive to create a push-pull of opposites; flat against texture, a color against its opposite, shiny against matte. I love using palette knives, spatulas and whatever different and unconventional tools add to the mix. Using different mediums and varying the tools for different genres is a natural component of my creative process.
There is no intention to develop something with a figurative reference, but this often emerges during the process. This always comes as a surprise and I don’t fight against it. As a former fashion designer and illustrator, I often find this very amusing. From that career, I bring a great sense of line, color, proportion, texture and the skill set to confidently and responsibly research, create and realize products that cater to a diversity of tastes.
Although I embark with no set plan in mind, my instinctive reactions are based on years of being immersed in the arts. Each choice of medium, tools, each mark I put down on the surface, every brushstroke, the type of texture, the way the colors relate to one another and the decisions about the placement of every element in my composition–all this is based on my entire life history up to the moment I create a piece. You might say it’s impulse with a lot of history behind it.
Painting for me is a journey rather than a destination. I observe, looking for clues and taking the turns I feel that lead to the happy outcome of a beautiful interplay of colors, textures and proportions that is uplifting to the onlooker. In creating a piece reaching that point brings me serenity.
Kennis Baptiste was in attendance and showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Throughout my childhood I was told that he had some artistic talent, but I never bothered to take it seriously. Instead of traveling the road of an artist, I decided to concentrate on scientific disciplines such as math and science. I later obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and I am currently working in that field.
I started my artistic journey by experimenting with acrylic and oil paints. I later started to study and experiment with different abstract ways of capturing movement and energy. During this experimental period, I was able to find my own unique style of expression.
As my art form slowly evolved, the quality of my paintings improved and my knowledge and interest in fine arts also increased. As an urban artist of African and Caribbean decent, I believe that inspiration can be found almost anywhere. All one has to do is open their eyes, keep an open mind and draw their inspiration from what they see in their community and in the world.
I am inspired by the works of Impressionist painters. I greatly admire Picasso’s style of expression, Monet’s use of mass, and Cézanne’s use of color. After producing a large number of paintings within a five year period, I decided to expose his work to the public. The feedback that I received was overwhelming. The response from the audience and the realization of this gift inspired me to study and create more paintings.
My art is also influenced by mentors, friends and fellow artists in the fine arts community. I feel that knowledge is the key to success, and I will continue to educate myself as I continue to travel on my artistic journey.
Robert V. Reid was in attendance and showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago and raised in its rich cultural milieu, light, color, and movement are deeply embedded in Robert V. Reid’s collective unconscious. With graphite, charcoals, watercolor and oils, Reid uses these elements to create emotive renderings of the human form.
Reid’s creative journey began in Trinidad where he was introduced to a number of significant Caribbean artists who mentored him and nurtured his natural, untrained talent. Over a 16 year career, Reid’s work has changed to mirror his journey from the Caribbean to New York City.
He arrived in New York, as a trained architectural draftsman, with a passion for painting and an urge to record, invent and manipulate the human image using raw talent. His immersion into the New York art scene led him to study at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League, where he developed new techniques and sharpened his technical skills.
Reid has since created a body of work that reveals and an impressive range of skills- works ranging from detailed- styled figurative realism rendered in oils, to stunning watercolors that blur the line between figurative and abstract paintings, to drawings in charcoal and pencil that demonstrate sound draughtsmanship.
Reid’s figure paintings are characterized by the absence of a background, his focus is not on the space that the figures inhabit, but on the figures themselves; thereby empowering the viewer to imagine a space of their choice and to create their own answers as to why the figures are there.
The female figure has been one of the important subjects of painting, and has been reinterpreted by painters in various styles throughout history; Reid joins this legion of painters with his favorite subject being the female form, painted from live models.
Willie Torbertwas in attendance and showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Willie Torbert has taught within the New York City Board of Education for ten years. During his work with the New York Public School System, Willie exposed his students to many facets of art through an array of mediums.When Willie moved away from his teaching job to work on his craft full time, he received an award of citation for his dedication and worked with the children of the borough of Brooklyn from Howard Golden, the Brooklyn Borough President. The Nubian Women’s Art Circle recently honored Willie for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art of the African Diaspora.
Willie works in a variety of media, including oil, ink, and collage to produce singular and highly stylized representations of African American life. Scenes of street life and images of jazz and blues musicians, and heroic African queens and warriors often populate his work.
Also, he graciously acknowledges the almost certain influence of other major black artists. Indeed, Willie has previously stated that “it changed my life” when he saw Romare Bearden’s images of Harlem in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum many years ago.
Answerd Stewart was in attendance and showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Families building their senses of home with neighborly love and spiritual connectedness. Multicolor musical instruments growing legs to dance. Pen-and-ink drawn lovers linked in a nest of the littlest lines.
These are the themes artist Answerd Stewart has been trying to capture for the past 20 years as he labors tirelessly on his latest series of fascinating works, called Brown Images, which explores the nature of relationships within the contemporary, urban landscape.Just like home, music is an important theme as well. As some argue, it is the highest of the arts because of its temporality and ephemerally as each passing note reverberates through us.
Stewart grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, indisputably the world’s foremost magical musical garden filled with the newest flowering of music and art. With immigrants from all around the world, these cultures make a cubist clash of lifestyles, histories, outlooks and expressions that keeps it all struggling in synchronicity.
“I initially created art as a means of relaxation but as people began to appreciate my work, it fueled me to create more. I create art that speaks to the whole human spectrum, any race any creed, as in “Harmonious Beginnings,” a celebration of the tying together of two souls harmonizing together, illustrating the inseparability of emotion and beauty, friendship and family, togetherness and emancipation, and love and spirituality.”
Of Jamaican-American heritage, Stewart knows what it is like to have more than one spiritual home, whether one in the islands or in the urban jungle of New York City or in the public and private places of worship, including his studio. Always unafraid to flex his creative muscles, Stewart spends weeks on each painting, delicately and defly balancing pen and ink, acrylic paints and opaque washes and many other media.
A child at play like any good artist, he is hard at work here, sounding the horn of human expressions laid down as masterfully as a virtuoso on a violin. Through his world history studies at Brooklyn College, he learned his heavy lessons, reflected in the gravity of some of his works. He graduated with a world history degree so he could teach young people, which he did steadfastly for many years.
Also a father, Stewart’s patient, teacherlike and pensive sensibilities are at work when you go to decode his pieces.
And like playing a magnificent album over again, one never tires of finding new lessons which are always embedded in the oil and acrylic swatches of brushwork. Stewart has exhibited his work extensively nationwide over the years as demand for his creative vision grows.
Donovan Nelson showcased his artwork at the first annual Sizzle Arts Festival that was held on Sept 30, 2019 in Chelsea Manhattan.
Donovan was born in Manchester, Jamaica. He moved to the United States in 1982 and where he received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (1995). In addition, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson is M.F.A. graduate from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas.A
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