Day 16 – Art Exhibition 1: Griots

Lisa M. McLymont
Marcus P. Blackwell
April Sunami
Daniel Moss
Visual Art

“Griots” are traditional African storytellers who keep the history of their people recorded and alive through their art. On Thursday, March 16, Holler will feature the first of two visual art exhibitions in the series, showcasing artists of various styles, mediums, and backgrounds in a unique space at the Second Sight Studio.
Light refreshments will be provided.

lisa_painting1Lisa M. McLymont

Lisa McLymont, a self-identified multi-media sculptor, has a creative drive rooted in the influences of her father’s love of independence and music, her mother’s love of creative expression and spirituality, and their shared love of beauty. Lisa’s art is mainly expressed through portrait paintings and sculpted metals, though she prefers allowing her curiosity to explore many directions knowing that each new experience provides insight while creating work that connects past and future worlds. Lisa’s ongoing body of portrait work is called the Universe Tribe. Glowing from within, these slightly abstracted figures show the universe we each carry inside of us, and help to convey the many ways in which we are all connected.

marcus_afro1Marcus P. Blackwell
Marcus was born in Cincinnati, Ohio raised in Upstate New York, and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. With a basis in studies in Illustration at The Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, Ohio) and in Multi Media Production at the Columbus State Community College (Columbus, Ohio), he is a self-taught artist focusing, for the time being, on digital arts. A self-described Afrofuturist, Marcus’ work is concerned with storytelling through the creation of mostly abstract works combining the use of a variety of digital tools, collage techniques, traditional drawing and painting, and photo-manipulation and often depict themes and symbols related to jazz, science fiction, dreams, mythology, philosophy, and social commentary.

aprilsunami2 April Sunami
Columbus based artist April Sunami focuses mainly on mixed media painting featuring strong and spiritual images of women. Sunami holds a Master of Arts Degree in Art History from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree also in Art History from the Ohio State University. Sunami is also an award-winning installation artist through the 2012 Columbus Arts Pop Up Project sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Sunami is involved in various arts and community groups including Creative Women of Color, Creative Arts of Women, and the Eastside Arts Initiative. April’s work has been featured in several museum exhibitions and is represented in private collections throughout the country.

danielmoss2_eye Daniel Moss
As an artist, Daniel has been recognized with numerous awards and honors including Best In Show at the largest juried art exhibition in the Southeastern United States in 2001, Art Student of the Year at Claflin University, where 8 of his paintings hang permanently and today his artwork appears in numerous public and private art collections and publications. Primarily an oil painter, Daniel is adept across a wide range of media.

Thursday, March 16
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Second Sight Studio / 730 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, OH 43222 / (216) 571-7354


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