Recent Winter Shows have sought to alleviate winter doldrums by transporting us to sunnier climes. This year we find the warmth we’re craving close to home — in a partnership we are very proud to feature!
IDEATE and five of its artists are front and center as we raise the curtain on ID8 & CREATE, our 2018 Winter Show, THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 7-10 PM. Some of the artists, their families and their job coaches will be in attendance, but most importantly, this extraordinary program is in the spotlight. Our audiences need to discover their important work through the artists they nurture and empower.
An inclusive employment organization of Resources for Human Development, IDEATE (rhd.org/program/ideate; facebook.com/ideateRHD) connects individuals facing barriers to long-term, fulfilling jobs. A number of clients are immensely talented artists, two of whom have contributed for years to OFF THE WALL shows and earned distinguished reputations:
* In 2011, JAMEIR ANDREWS won the highest accolade we bestow each year, the Mary-Rowe Memorial Jury Prize.
* ALONZO TROY HUMPHREY has been juried into five of our shows, headlined a sixth, STAY THIRSTY, has accrued numerous sales and won a jury award last year in RESIST.
Our jury for the 2017 renewal of UNDER $100 were the ones who discovered DWAYNE BOONE, and he comes right back with a tour de force of paintings and linocut prints, while two brand-new artists join him. TYRIKE BROWN and ORANIT SOLOMONOV invigorate our 3D case with clothesline installations of handmade cards, and ORANIT also offers a head-turning display of her versatility, with paintings and mixed-media work on the Wall.
In all, ID8 & CREATE, which is sure to brighten anyone’s day, shows us how one career development program can illuminate the very lives it touches, instilling them with purpose and a way forward.
While the wordmark for this show renders the “8” of ID8 standing up, note that IDEATE’s logo has the 8 on its side — the infinity sign. How appropriate. There are seemingly no limits remaining to what these artists can do.