Thursday, 23 September 2010

Sisters in Spirit Exhibition celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month 2010 kicks off on October 1 with the opening of Sisters in Spirit, an exhibition of work by ten UK based female artists at the Original Gallery, situated on the first floor of Hornsey Library N8.

Commissioned by Haringey Council Arts & Culture department, Clem Richards of AG has assembled a group of artists, at different stages in their career, and examines the central themes of their artistic explorations; such as the unity of the family, relationships, the Black British experience, spirituality and identity.

The exhibition is an opportunity to see the everyday influences of Black British women, whether as a student, mother, business woman or employee and uncovers a primitiveness and traditional thread that binds their work together.

Sisters in Spirits showcase the works of Soheila Keyani, Paulette Robinson, Melanie "Shay" LaRocque, Michaela Lavine Lewin, Carol John, Munirah Olton, Dionne Ible, Jennifer Lewis, Carol Ann Edwards (Cezanne) and Mary Osinibi (Mary O) for this landmark exhibition at The Original Gallery and forms part of Haringey's 2010 Black History Month celebrations.

The artists will be available on rotation on certain days throughout the exhibition to guide visitors through the exhibits. If you are arranging a group visit and would like to be accompanied by one of the featured artists please contact AG on 020 8249 5807.

If you wish to attend the private viewing on Thursday 30 September 2010, 6.30 - 9.00pm please RSVP on

Sisters in Spirit - The Original Gallery Haringey Park London N8 9JA, 1-31 October 2010. Mon -Fri 13.00 - 19.00 hrs Sat - Sun 12.00 - 16.00 hrs. Admission Free.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Ken McCalla's Spring 2010 Open Studio Weekend

Join artist Ken McCalla as he unveils his latest paintings at his Balham studio this Easter weekend 3/4 April 2010, between 10am - 10pm. Admission free.

Ken has been producing art of all mediums for over 20 years and is one of the founding members, along with Jennifer Lewis and Alvin Kofi, of the leading black art collective, Colour & Movement.

This studio event has become the curtain raiser for Ken's many art promotions and brings together clients, visitors and friends to this relaxed and creative environment.

Also, at 11.30am on both days there will be an artist presentation. So why not stop by on your travels this easter weekend, you won't be disappointed,

Ken McCalla's Spring 2010 Open Studio Weekend 13, Letchworth Street, London SW17

Monday, 22 March 2010

Fairfield Spring Craft & Gift Fair

One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is the opportunity I get to meet clients past and present. Yesterday a number of you dropped in at our stand at the Fairfield spring craft & gift fair in Croydon. This was our first display for 2010 and we showcased our selection of Zimbabwean, Kenyan and Tanzanian stone and wood carvings. Many of you also took the opportunity to take advantage of our framing services by bringing in your artwork.

I wish to thank those of you who made the trip down and hope to see you again real soon.

For details of coming events click here

Sunday, 21 February 2010


We arrived around 3pm at Charles de Galle airport after a flight lasting less than an hour and took the Paris metro to Porte d'Ivry where we had a room booked at The Best Western hotel. After freshening up, and not wanting to waste time, we set off to meet friends for a drink at the perfect watering hole along the Seine called Cafe Fou, located just in front of the Bibliotheque National de France. It looked great, if only it was open!

We decided to re-arrange our drink for the following day and the two of us headed to rue du Faubourg-Montmarte and joined a lengthy queue of diners waiting for a table at Chartier. Not strictly a brassiere, this one time working-man's soup kitchen has appeared in every budget guidebook for decades. There's constant animation from a swarm of waiters who scrawl your order on the edge of the paper tablecloth and return with your food with breakneck speed. Unfortunately the food wasn't as memorable as the atmosphere. We rounded off the evening sipping organic vin rouge in a small bar located in a quaint arcade just off Montmarte which suspiciously had no wine list or price guide.

Saturday morning, after filling up on patisseries, scrambled eggs, toast etc, we set off for a cultured day at Musee D'Orsay where we enjoyed the current exhibition, Art Nouveau Revival, as well as the museums wider collection. I was delighted to see works by African American painter Henry Owassa Tanner (1859 - 1937) who, taken by the inspirational spirit of the city and its cosmopolitan flavour, made Paris his home.

His most famous painting The Banjo Lesson (Hampton University Museum), was painted out of his concerns for the way African Americans were depicted in paintings. The scene in the Banjo Lesson shows its subjects in noble light.

Later that evening we dined at popular African restaurant, Massai Mara 66 Rue Armand Carrel, 75019 (nearest metro Jaures). The food was first class as was the service and the resident guitarist (a doctor by day) creates a mellow mood. After bidding farewell and promising the Cameroon proprietor that I will return to her establishment we set off for Wine & Bubbles (why don't we have this in London....a wine merchant with a bar to enjoy wine and cheese into the early hours.....very bourgeois I hear you say! Final stop, DUC Lombards Club de Jazz at 42 rue des Lombards 75001 (nearest metro Chatelet) where we caught the after show jam session - get there early as nobody seems to leave the joint!

Sunday's pace was somewhat slower but did manage to scoot around Notre Dame before heading back home.