Reception: Friday, November 6 from 7pm to 10pm
Del Valle, born in Nicaragua and raised in DC, is known for his vibrant and colorful abstract paintings and his lifelike portraiture. Trouble Makers: The Struggle is a reflection of the enduring trials of the oppressed for equality and justice. The abstract realist collection was inspired by the Abolitionist, Civil Rights, and Anti-Apartheid movements. As presented, the works are a journey celebrating the legacies of past visionaries and a vision for a positive future of social and economic equality.
His use of the techniques of realism and graffiti are coupled with objects and enclosures that contextualize the subject matter, drawing the viewer into the long traditions of art and yet speaking to viewers’ modern sensibility.
Regarding this show Del Valle stated, “Events in Missouri, New York City, and the existence of oppression across the globe serve as a reminder that the struggle for justice and equality continues. Remembrance of the lives and service of Frederick Douglass, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez Nelson Mandela and Marion Barry inspire us to continue the fight for equality and justice. Like Pope John Paul II showed us, love is the force that inspired these movements and love inspires me to create.”
About the artists:
Luis Peralta Del Valle lives and works in Washington, DC. He believes that artistic development is a critical element in community development; The arts facilitate improvement in quality of life by providing tools to modify behaviors through the channeling of self-expression into productive work. They also inspire and motivate individuals, creating friendly competition grounded in positive behaviors. Accordingly, Luis uses his role as a public artist to further his vision for vibrant, family-friendly communities.
Luis’s artwork is represented in the permanent collections of various organizations and companies including: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank, the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library, the Latin American Youth Center, and Chiaramonte Construction Company. His work can be found online at www.LuisPeraltaGallery.com.
The Dance Institute of Washington is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to develop their social, emotional, intellectual and artistic abilities through the discipline of dance.
W. Ellington Felton (aka Wes Felton) is an African American singer/poet/actor/emcee born and raised in Washington, DC.
Wes Felton has long been described as a renaissance man, a misanthrope, and a ranter of his own thoughts but if you talk to him or see him perform it may all makes sense. Hands down he is one of the most misunderstood people on the DC scene and is proud of it. No matter how the naysayers personally feel his music is undeniably genius, genuine and appreciated.
The son of jazz pianist Hilton C. Felton, and heavily influenced by his surroundings, Wes Felton is a hard core DC native and has put in work around the city performing at many venues in town and has recorded 25 records in the last 10 years.
Whether opening up for one of his idols in music, starring in a stage play or films, headlining with his brother in soul Raheem Devaughn as the group CrossRhodes. Wes has always had the talent to command attention on any stage, growing up in Washington, DC Wes was introduced to the hustle of music early on. Equipped with a backpack of notebooks filled with poems and rhymes, he hit the pavement running quickly making a name for himself while studying theatre at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
With 11 Grammy Considerations in 2014 for his latest project “Imagine The Future” this may undeniably be an indication that the world is ready for this Sleeping Giant.
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