The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since it began in 2009, HFAS has created economic empowerment, educational opportunities and professional recognition within the multicultural community. During All-Star weekend, the HFAS held an exhibition and sale held at Harlem’s historic Riverside Church featuring contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photography reflecting the African Diaspora.
“It’s important to salute the trailblazers in black media,” HFAS founder, Dion Clarke said. “They provide us with the insight and an alternative perspective on the issues facing what goes on in the lives of multicultural individuals.”
The event — sponsored by United Airlines, AARP, Amtrak, NBA and Aetna — allowed more than 7,500 of New York’s affluent art enthusiasts and business professionals the opportunity to experience artwork from over 40 artists and network while also enjoying contemporary jazz music. World renowned Chelsea Galleries such as ACA Galleries and Bill Hodges were showcased and complimented with established artists like Woodrow Nash, Frank Frazier and Leroy Campbell as well as legendary photographer Chuck Stewart. The global reach of the art exhibition included works from Thabiso Phokompe and Color Me Africa Fine Art from Southern Africa and Ti Jay from Ghana. The show debuted up-and-coming artist Aaron Fowler, whose alma maters include Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Yale University, from St. Louis, Missouri.
With the commitment to bring quality jazz performances and educational programs to NYC residents, HFAS was proud to honour Jazzmobile during their 50th Anniversary as this year’s beneficiary at the opening night reception on February 12th. Jazz bands Cliff Lee Plus Three and the Sugar Hill Quartet took turns commanding the stage.
Over the four day event, distinguished guests included: Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer, Spike Lee, Sherri Shepherd, Malcolm Lee, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine Susan Taylor, Ann Tripp of WBLS radio, retired NBA players, among others.