Gallery Openings and Events

Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables Presents Blackness Counts: an Exploration in Unapologetic Africanity

Photo courtesy of Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables.

Photo courtesy of Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, February 14 from 1pm to 4pm

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Exhibition on view from February 14, 2015 through  March 6, 2015.

Jay Coleman is an artist and educator from Washington DC who creates expressive, musical portraits of people ranging from the friend around the corner to international heroes like Muhammed Ali.

Coleman started painting at a very early age where his talent was first noticed by close family friend and noted Harlem Renaissance painter and subsequent Howard University professor, Lois Maliou Jones. Jones even hosted Jay Coleman’s first show in Massachusettes on Martha’s Vineyard.

Coleman himself has become a well known artist-educator in the DC area working with public, private and charter schools focusing on educating children with special needs and is the cofounder  of Slickfish Education & Therapy that uses activities and curricula utilizing salt water fish tanks to educate and inspire children.

Coleman’s show at the Off Rhode Gallery Blackness Counts: an exploration in unapologetic Africanity will be a survey of his recent works.

Off Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE. For more information on Off-Rhode Gallery events, visit www.art-enables.org/off-rhode.

Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is an auxiliary arts space dedicated to local, emerging, and self-taught artists. Exhibits, panels, discussions, and more happen in this small scale and intimate environment. 

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