“Save Art Space” a unique nonprofit organization that provides free public art space for talented artists. Legendary Harlem artist Ademola Olugebefola artist joined Lisa as co-curator for Cultural Diversity, a juried art competition. As a result of this coordinated effort between Save art Space and X gallery the awarded winners artwork received enormous exposure on outdoor Bus Stop Ads throughout East Harlem along with a month-long exhibition at X Gallery.
Cultural Diversity Exhibitionposter for the Cultural Diversity Exhibition
Ceres Henry Diaja
DiajaConstantly driven by the arts Ceres Dasia Henry pursued her passion at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she began her studies to prepare for the fashion Industry. In addition to fashion Ceres had an equal love for photography, so she took a course to sharpen her natural skills and educate herself on various photographic techniques. During her education she was inspired and nurtured by mentor Norma Kamali, (F.I.T graduate, and designer featured on the Fashion Walk of Fame). Ceres later graduated with an Associates degree in Patternmaking, and received her Bachelors in Production Management. With valuable information learned, and hands on experience from internships at Sean John, Norma Kamali, and at Poppington Gallery with her cousin Damon Dash, Ceres was equipped with the necessary tools to be a designer and an entrepreneur. With the help, encouragement, and support from her parents, (whom are both entrepreneurs), they made her dream a reality by co-founding DIAJA, (pronounced Dee-A-Jah), a line featuring quality handbags, and fine apparel. Ceres went on to produce numerous collections which opened doors for her designs to be featured with L'oreal Paris, Pynk Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Her Source (sister magazine to The Source Magazine), and worn by celebrity TV personalities. Years later in the midst of revamping her brand, Ceres decided to fully dedicate herself to photography while maintaining her previous collections strictly for press pulls. She decided to merge her love for fashion, art (painting), and photography to create a brand that would be impossible to ignore. Within 2 year of revamping her work was recognized by Vogue Italia, Huffington Post, and numerous Fashion publications. She was also scouted by an organization called RAW Artists where she was their highlighted artist for their NYC show in 2017. Ceres' photography is known for storytelling through photographic series. These series' are often inspired by current events, Black and African culture, and social disparities. Her goal as a brand is to impact others, give back to her community, and give a voice and presence to those unheard, and overlooked. She prides herself in not only creative photos appealing to the eyes of her audience, but thought provoking photos that may not be as comfortable to view. Ceres' desire is that her photographic bodies of work will be remembered and noted among other great artists of all time. "He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable law." - Pablo Picasso
Cultural Diversity Visual Arts Exhibition
Through an art exhibition, Save art space and X gallery celebrates the diversity in Harlem that makes it such a unique evolving community.
Over time the village of Harlem has become the most multicultural community in New York City and is must see for tourists visiting from around the world.
As Harlem continues to change culturally, landmarks and statues have a strong presence to remind all visitors of the history of Harlem.
We capture the spirit of diversity in Harlem through art.
Theme: Cultural Diversity.
Lisa DuBois - curator X Gallery
Ademola Olugebefola – curator Dwyer Cultural Center
Malcom X Boulevard
X Gallery is partnering with Save Art Space in July for an exciting exhibition.
Save Art Space has Transformed advertisement space into Public Art by the local community
Check back on May 1st to find out how to apply.
The Theme is Diversity
July - http://www.saveartspace.org/