About the Exhibit:

NACC Exhibit Curator Ray Robertson in Partnership with the WNY Urban Arts Collective invites people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the 10th Annual Artists of Color, art exhibit.

This year’s special anniversary looks back on the last 10 years of this exhibit and celebrates the collective work by African American Artists in Western New York in new works and works that will return to the NACC for this anniversary show. All visual art genres and mediums – two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

WNY Urban Arts Collective is an organization created to address the need to recognize, develop, educate, support and promote the professional development for visual artists of diverse backgrounds


Artists & Artworks in the Exhibition

Arrie MooreUMOJA – UNITYAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #1)3″ x 4″$500.00
Arrie MooreKUJICHAGULIA – SELF DETERMINATIONAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #2)24″ x 26″$250.00
Arrie MooreUJIMA – COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITYAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #3)8″ x 4″$500.00
Arrie MooreUJAMA – COOPERATIVE ECONOMICSAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #4)23″ x 23″$250.00
Arrie MooreNIA – PURPOSEAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #5)30″ X 40″$250.00
Arrie MooreKUMBA – CREATIVITYAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #6)3″ x 4″$500.00
Arrie MooreIMANI – FAITHAcrylic, (Kwanza Series #7)3″ x 4″$500.00
Arrie MooreTHE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA (Series)Acrylic, (Kwanza Series 1-7)Varying Sizes$2,500.00
Betty Pitts FosterKIND OF BLUEOil on Canvas32″ x 28″$700.00
Betty Pitts FosterPOPPIES IN PINK & REDOil on Canvas20″ x 16″$550.00
Christopher PattonTHE TEACHERS OF CHRISTColored Pencil32″ x 18″Price on Inquiry
Christopher PattonBLESSED BE THE EARTHColored Pencil18″ x 28″Price on Inquiry
Dorethea EdwardsI SEE YOUOil on Canvas24″ x 30″$1.200.00
Dorethea EdwardsLIFE IS A MASQUERADE – Mask Series #5Oil on Canvas22″ x 28″$700.00
Gerald SealsIN CONCERTAcrylic24″ x 36″$400.00
Gerald SealsSLICK RICKAcrylic12″ x 36″$550.00
James Cooper IIIAWAKE!Acrylic36″ x 48″$1,325.00
James Cooper IIIBROTHER’S PERSPECTIVEAcrylic18″ x 24″$700.00
James Cooper IIIVAGUE 1Acrylic36″ x 48″$800.00
James Cooper IIINORTHWARDAcrylic30″ x 40″$850.00
James Cooper IIIMUSE-SELFAcrylic36″ x 48″$1,100.00
Jay Hawkins Sr.JAMES & NINAAcrylic30″ x 40″$1,200.00
(The Artist)
Jay Hawkins Sr.A PANTHER PARTYAcrylic30″ x 30″$800.00
Jessica ThorpeWINTER TREESWatercolor19″ x 30″$225.00
Jessica ThorpeBIG FAMILY DAYWatercolor/Collage16″ x 20$750.00
Jessica ThorpeRUST BELT REMEMORY; TRYPTYCHMixed Media Collage36″ x 36″$2,000.00
John BakerJAZZ-FEST IIAcrylic24″ x 36″$850.00
John BakerJAMM “N”Acrylic24″ x 36″$550.00
Kobie D BarberCOLORSOil on Canvas16″ x 20″$400.00
Kobie D BarberSHADOWSOil and Spray Paint on Canvas18″ x 24″$550.00
Kobie D BarberTOO SOONOil and Spray Paint on Canvas20″ x 30″$700.00
Markenzy CesarLA PETITE DANCEUSEOil on Canvas40″ x 30″$550.00
Markenzy CesarLES BAIGNEUSE (THE BATHERS)Oil on Canvas36″ x 46″$550.00
Nicholas LumpkinVOLCANIC GLAZEOil Based Acrylic20″ x 20″$50.00
Nicholas LumpkinSPLASHED FLOWEROil Based Acrylic20″ x 20″$45.00
Paula O. JonesFLOWERColored Pencil11″ x 14″$260.00
Paula O. JonesPLANTColored Pencil11″ x 14″$260.00
Paula O. JonesBUSYColored Pencil11″ x 14″$260.00
Paula O. JonesBREEZE #4Colored Pencil11″ x 14″$260.00
Ray RobertsonGRANDMA’S HANDSPhoto17″ x 22″$200.00
Ray RobertsonBACK LIGHTSPhoto17″ x 22″$150.00
Ray RobertsonGREEN & YELLOW SUNRISEPhoto24″ x 36″$250.00
Ray RobertsonFOREST LAWN YELLOWPhoto22″ x 34″$200.00
Ray RobertsonMARTIN’S SONGPhoto17″ x 22″$150.00
Ray RobertsonTHE BAPTISMALPhoto17 x 22Price on Inquiry
Ray RobertsonTHE BASS MANPhoto24″ x 34″$250.00
Ray RobertsonGATHER YEE THAT BELIEVEPhoto22″ x 34″$250.00
Ray RobertsonTHE FAMILY PICNICPhoto17″ x 27″$150.00
Ray RobertsonRIVER ROCKS #7Photo22″ x 24″$250.00
Ray RobertsonGOAT ISLE RAPIDSPhoto20″ x 36″$250.00
William Y. Cooper 1934-2016WOMAN LOOKING FOR HER CATOil on Canvas36″ x 36″$2,500.00
William Y. Cooper 1934-2016BLUE CUPOil on Canvas36″ X 40″$2,200.00
William Y. Cooper 1934-2016(ARTIST AND MODEL) IN THE STUDIOOil on Canvas36″ X 48″$2,700.00
William Y. Cooper 1934-2016HERE LIES THE N WORDOil on Canvas30″ X 40″$2,500.00

About the Curator:

Born Reginald Ray Robertson in 1949 in Birmingham, Alabama to mother (Elizabeth), father (Nathaniel), sister (Mareatha), who relocated to Niagara Falls, New York in 1952.  I attended local schools graduating from Niagara Falls High School in 1967.  I entered Buffalo State College in the fall of 1967 later transferring to University of Buffalo where I took a B. A. in Philosophy.

In 1968, I met C. Magnus Harrell who had formed the Masten  Community workshop located on the east side of Buffalo, New York.  Magnus saw potential in my incomplete drawings and sketches.  This was the beginning of my art career

As a kid, I had a desire for collecting things, usually natural things such as rocks, leaves, wood, etc.  I would put these things together in unique ways.  I would “collage” them.  I am more of a collage maker than anything else.  My collages have evolved from two dimensional wall pieces of wood, metal, and stone to three dimensional floor pieces of the same material.  The organic form has always fascinated me from childhood.  As a boy I was ashamed to say how much I liked the colors and shapes of flowers and trees.  When I obtained my first car, the world of driftwood opened up to me.  I became an avid collector.  So, today I consider myself to be a multi-dimension painter, photographer, sculptor, and collagist.  I am looking forward to the evolutionary bleeding and bleeding of all mediums I work in.

Exhibiting Artist Statements

My goal is to produce art that is engaging compelling and memorable long after the exhibit. I work knowing that each canvas is my teacher so I am always the student.

-Gerald Seals

My art is an inner visual response to what God created; using beautiful colors with abstract shapes combining in realistic visions of the natural.

-Betty Pitts Foster

I explore a variety of themes in my paintings; In the Mask Series which consists of five canvases speaks to human desires and unspoken fears. The Mask Series: #1 Incognito, #2 Ariel Leaving #3 I See You #4 Serenity #5 Life is a Masquerade.

-Dorethea Edwards

Painting is first and foremost a visual and a visceral experience. Composition is critical to my work. I use it to compel the viewer to stop and contemplate the illusions I create through the relationships of line, form and color. Usually, I am symbolically expressing an idea I deeply care about. The meanings may change with the observer, as each person views the work through the lens of their own experience. My work is not so much about the subject, as it is about how I render the subject. I use symbols to express ideas and concepts. Color, which is never haphazardly selected, shapes the mood of the composition and creates rhythm and harmony.

-William W. Cooper

When I was in Haiti, I remember the house I grew up in had these colored glass windows embedded in the ceiling when the sun shone through it was like being inside a church. Now and then I would go up to the roof and clean the dirt off the glass and I realized now that I was the only one who cared enough to preserve this beautiful moment. In a say, My art is all about me sharing what I consider is precious and noble.

-Markenzy Cesar

When I charge my works with power, they heal.

-Paula O. Jones