The Shot Tower Gallery will present the "not to be missed exhibition" of the work of Ron Anderson and friends to celebrate the Harlem Renaissance. This exhibition will include two and a half decades of Ron Anderson's paintings from 911 to our first black President and things in-between. Ron Anderson is an oil painter and an art educator, and has been a successful working artist for more than 20 years. He has earned many awards for his oil paintings and was a nominee for the 2005 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio in the Individual Artist category. Ron was a commercial art instructor with The Columbus College of Art & Design for many years and a commercial art instructor with Columbus Public Schools. He has served as an art consultant on several Public Art projects with art commissions that have included oil paintings, graphic design and illustration. Prior to working as a Commercial Art instructor, Ron worked as a fashion illustrator for the Halle's department store in Cleveland, Ohio and for the Lazarus department store in Columbus, Ohio. He also held the position of Fashion Illustrator and Art Director at the corporate office of Madison's, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Ron's work can be seen at the Ohio Supreme Court, the Middle Passage at the King Center and the Ohio Statehouse. He is known for his visual storytelling and music influenced "scenes" that involve the viewer in the story and action that is occurring. The work is impeccably painted and emotionally charged. Ron has invited artists Talle Bamazi and Omar Shaheed to exhibit work with him. The three are a part of an African American artist collective in Columbus Ohio. Talle Bamazi was born in Togo West Africa. He is a painter, and founder of KIACA gallery. His work has themes of history, soul and stories of African and African American vision. He uses his gift of the brush to educate, instruct, and give people a sense that the past is worth studying; for the past dictates the future. Arriving in New York in 1995, with absolutely no understanding of the English language he embarked upon what was the most challenging adventure of his life. His quest for knowledge led him to the New York Student Art League, where he educated himself on American culture in order to infiltrate his vision into a world full of cultural differences. He continued his education at the New York Academy of Art and graduated with a Masters in fine art. This endeavor fueled the desire to take his goal of cultural harmony to a wider audience by using a gallery as a way for his vision to prosper. Talle Bamazi brought the vision to life by creating a gallery where African and African American artists can display their souls through art. He continued his education at the New York Academy of Art and graduated with a Masters in fine art. Omar Shaheed sculptures are political and tells stories of his life. “The way he approaches the stone is very intriguing to me because he doesn’t necessarily need his work to have the perfect form,” explains Michelle Brandt, manager of the BrandtRoberts Gallery, who represents him. “If there’s an odd shape he will leave it and let the stone decide.” Omar studied at the Memphis Art College, Memphis, Tennessee and San Francisco Art Academy. He has work in collections throughout the United States.The opening reception on November 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. will include music by Milton Ruffin and friends and dance interpretations of the work by China White's dancers. China White, a former dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem was a model for many of Anderson's works.
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