New York, N.Y. - The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), premier showcase of emerging and celebrated artists of the Black Diaspora, returns to Riverside Church from February 7 - 10, 2013, with a salute to the late Honorable Percy E. Sutton, one of Harlem's most prominent political, civil rights, and business leaders. This year, HFAS expands to a four-day exposition and will include a series of events and activities. All of the events will take place at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue (between 121st and 122nd Streets) in Harlem. "HFAS is proud to salute the life and legacy of Percy E. Sutton, an avid collector and patron of the arts, as we celebrate the rich cultural and artistic legacy of artists of African and Caribbean heritage," says Dion Clarke, HFAS founder. "Since the launch of the Harlem Fine Arts Show in 2010, we have welcomed more than 30,000 visitors who have viewed and appreciated the works of numerous inspiring artists", continues Clarke. "Most people remember my grandfather for his business acumen, his brilliant political achievements and his legendary work as a civil rights activist, but he was also a man of great passion for the performing and visual arts," said Keisha Sutton-James, chairperson of the HFAS Salute to Percy Sutton. Past notable guests who have visited HFAS include Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and Spike Lee. Among the impressive roster of artists are: Dane Tilghman, whose paintings have appeared on TV shows such as "The Cosby Show" and "Roseanne," and have been presented to notables including Ozzie Davis, Nelson Mandela and Bill Cosby; George Nock, distinguished sculptor and former running back for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins; Margerine Gordon, an innovative textile artist who uses recycled fabric to create "Pictorial Quilts"; Michael Escoffery, a Jamaican-born visual artist whose work has been published in over 70 books worldwide and in 9 languages; and Woodrow Nash, a prolific ceramic sculptor whose work reflects a marriage of 15th Century Benin and 18th Century French Nouveau, creating what he has coined "African Nouveau". Tickets to the event cost $20 each day for four days or $50 for a weekend pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://hfas.org or call (914) 980-4427. Following is a listing of events for the 2013 Harlem Fine Arts Show at Riverside Church: Opening Night Preview Thursday, February 7 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Opening Night Preview salutes the late Honorable Percy E. Sutton, one of the nation's most prominent black political and business leaders and legal representative for Malcolm X, and features performances by the cast of "Mama, I Want to Sing" and "Motown: The Musical." Youth Empowerment Day Friday, February 8 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Children and youth will enjoy tours of the art exhibits, a special program of theatrical performances and series of motivational presentations by notable New York City business and educational leaders. Motown Night Friday, February 8 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Attendees will reminisce and revel in the sounds of Motown by the cast of Motown: The Musical, the upcoming Broadway show of the life and legacy of Berry Gordy, the R&B mogul. Fine Art Exhibitions Saturday, February 9 / Sunday, February 10 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. / 1:00 - 8:00p.m. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has become the premier showcase for exhibiting modern and African Diasporic art. The event benefits The Mama Foundation, a foundation for the arts dedicated to present, preserve, and promote gospel, jazz, and the R&B arts. Ecumenical Services Sunday, February 10 11:00 am Sunday services will conclude the 2013 HFAS four-day exhibition by acknowledging the program and the work of the contributing artists. About The Harlem Fine Arts Show Presented by JWD Enterprises, Inc. and launched in 2010 at the 369th Armory in New York City, the Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) has more than 10,000 visitors each year. The event, currently housed at the historic Riverside Church in New York City, attracts a diverse audience from New York City and the tri-state area representing the cultural mosaic of artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, students and professionals.
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