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Ironbound Unbound 2017 – Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center – Open Doors Newark

October 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - October 16, 2017 @ 9:00 pm EDT


Newark Arts’ annual 16th Annual Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival(#OpenDoors2017) will feature some of the biggest names in the art world. From October 11-15, this celebration of groundbreaking artistry will invite Newarkers and visitors into the exciting world of over 200 happenings at cultural institutions, artist studios, pop up exhibits, and nightly gallery crawls. Visit newarkarts.org/opendoors for the full festival schedule.

A sneak festival preview for Media and Art Buyers launches on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, with an exclusive tour and reception at the Newark Museum with Mayor Ras J. Baraka and a Berkeley College – Newarksponsored fashion presention by Newark-based designer Marco Hall. Mr. Hall’s designs have graced New York Fashion Week, Cannes Film Festival, and A-list celebs such as Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Rihanna, and Newark’s own Lauryn Hill. Press and media are invited to join art buyers at the private tour and reception by emailing lauren.craig@newarkarts.org. Art Buyers seeking more information regarding access to private preview tour, please email opendoors@newarkarts.org.

The official opening night kicks off Thursday, October 12, 2017 with a solo exhibit by internationally renowned abstract expressionist, Danny Simmonsat Fownders Gallery in the Newark’s University Heights district. The brains behind Def Poetry Jam, Simmons is the older brother of mogul Russell Simmons and hip hop icon, Rev. Run of Run DMC. Simmons has established popular galleries in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Thursday’s opening night festivities also include Willie Cole: Made in Newark opening reception, a solo show at CoAD Gallery at NJIT, featuring new and retrospective works by Cole, a Newark native and internationally acclaimed visual artist. A conceptual artist, Cole is known for his innovative merging of common everyday objects—shoes, hairdryers, ironing boards–and Africaninspired motifs. Cole’s works are at major galleries and museums across the globe, from the Newark Museum to the Metropolitan Museum.

On Saturday, October 14, 2017 at City Without Walls, celebrated playwright Dr. Ntozake Shange‘s famous choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, will be the inspiration for curator Peter (Souleo) Wright’s exhibition “I found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s, for colored girls.”

The exhibit, which debuted in 2014 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Long Gallery Harlem and La Maison d’Art, honors Dr. Shange through 10 commissioned
artworks by nationally acclaimed artists. Each work highlights issues impacting the lives of women of color, touching on themes in Dr. Shange’s poems like sexuality, race, sisterhood, violence and self-love. Dr. Shange, an acclaimed writer, educator and performer/director, will appear at the Saturday opening.

Finally, on Sunday, October 15th, 2017, the festival culminates with “Newark Arts presents “A Conversation With” …” a curated conversation moderated by Sharnita C. Johnson, Arts Program Director at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Noted panelists including Dr. Ntozake Shangee, Danny Simmons, audience diversification expert, Donna Walker-Kuhne and Chief Technology Officer of FowndersAnthony Delgado, will discuss the relationship between art and social impact. Scheduled to take place atGateway Project Spaces downtown, the panel will be followed by the annual self-guided Open Studio Tours around the city.

My paintings will be  part of Ironbound UNBOUND No. 9 

Presented by Sumei Multi Disciplinary Art Center

Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Prospect Firestation Gallery
56 Prospect Street, Newark, NJ
Back for the 9th Ironbound UNBOUND group show, the Prospect Firehouse has assembled a “global bazaar” of some of the most talented and freshest expressions in the arts.
Nupur Nishith, Painter
Nupur Nishith is a New Jersey based artist, born in Madhubani in India. She has evolved a unique style of art inspired from a folk art of Mithila / Madhubani Paintings from India, with an amalgamation of traditional motifs of ancient folk art with modern contemporary themes and tools with global appeal.
Caren King Choi, Mixed Media “Red Portraits” 
The rapt expression on the faces of her family in “Red Portraits” reference Communist propaganda posters that promised liberation and equality but delivered on pain and exile for many.  Caren King Choi is a Chinese-American artist and writer. She received her BA in Studio Art and Creative Writing from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
Arshad Aziz, Mixed Media/Textile
Born born in Asia, raised and educated in Africa and America, Arshad seeks to educate public how to recycle unused goods to create beautiful lifestyle utilizing clothes, furniture, accessories and hanging art so that we can use reuse recycle goods around us.
Lydie Bemba, “Blood Lines” Mixed Media
Blood Lines addresses the current social conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Emoni Foster, Painter
Emoni L. Foster is a Newark based artist. Since the age of 5, she was drawn to world of art and began to draw and eventually she was accepted to Arts High School as a Visual Art major..  The works displayed are composed and influenced with the theme of love, family, and the inner workings of my mental health. Every work relates to each other through the use of color and broad eye-catching strokes.
Uchenna Okosa, Painter
Uchenna Michelle Ngozi Okosa is a twenty-three-year-old New Jersey native born to Nigerian-Igbo and African American parents. Her work addresses the significance and influence of black men in society. It embraces the aspects of culture, society, faith in the black community. They also highlight events that have occurred in the United States that have impacted the black community which produced and mobilized movements and anthems throughout society.

Special Spotlight Event on Sunday, October 15th, 2017   5:00PM-9:00PM
Ironbound UNBOUND No. 9 Reception


October 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
October 16, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
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Sumei Multi Disciplinary Art Center


Prospect Street Firestation
56 Prospect Street
Newark, NJ 07105 United States
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