Akwaaba in the Bluffs Gallery
Akwaaba means “welcome” in the Ashanti language Twi (pronounced chwee).
Scarborough Arts and Kaleidoscope are excited to celebrate Black History Month with this month-long exhibit, composed of a series of three smaller, one-week exhibits by local established African Canadian artists with Scarborough roots who have worked with the Kaleidoscope Program.
The first exhibit is Robert Small’s “Legacy” (February 3-7), followed by Dwayne Morgan’s “The Sum Of Her Parts” (February 10-14) and Tasha Thomas’s “The Kaleidoscope Collection” (February 18-24). “Akwaaba” is curated by Tamla Matthews-Morgan.
Join us at the reception for Tasha Thomas’s exhibition, “The Kaleidoscope Collection,” on Friday, February 21 — click here to RSVP!
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“Legacy” – Robert Small
Reception: Friday, January 31, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Robert Small, creator of the Legacy poster (formerly called the official Black History Month poster), chronicles his documentation of notable Black Canadians over the last 25 years. Prints and framed pieces will be for sale during the exhibit and reception.
“The Sum Of Her Parts” – Dwayne Morgan
Reception: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7-9 p.m. – Click here to RSVP!
“The Sum Of Her Parts” is a photopoem about female body image. Prints and framed pieces will be for sale during the exhibit and reception.
“The Kaleidoscope Collection” – Tasha Thomas
Reception: February 21, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
The aptly titled “Kaleidoscope Collection” features a colourful and eclectic mix of styles and mediums. Prints and framed pieces will be for sale during the exhibit and reception.
Bluffs Gallery hours:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on weekends.
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Robert Small was the first African-Canadian artist to appear on mainstream media outlets such as MuchMusic, TSN, and CBC Radio. Over the years, his artwork has consistently been the centrepiece of Black History month celebrations and supported by many community organizations, corporations, school boards, and police service boards. His Black History Month poster series in its nineteenth year is now called LEGACY and is distributed to hundreds of schools across Canada. A former Manager of the Ministry of Youth and Children Services Youth Outreach program, he is also the former Director of the YMCA Black Achievers program. Robert is a self-taught artist who graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in criminology. He is also the proud father of two daughters, Sade and Soule Small, who live in Brampton.
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. Morgan has received the African Canadian Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts, and three Canadian Urban Music Awards. He has published six books; most recently, Her Favourite Shoes, which followed The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan, The Making of A Man, The Man Behind The Mic, Long Overdue, and chapbooks The Revolution Starts Within and Straight From The Roots. His albums include Another Level, The Evolution, Soul Searching, A Decade in the Making, Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning, and Idle Hands. In 2008, Morgan released a commemorative DVD entitled Dwayne Morgan: The First Fifteen.
Tasha Thomas is an event manager, visual artist, and designer. Always having a talent for visual design, Tasha honed in on her talent at an early age, creating crafts, sketching fashion designs, and painting. With art being her first love, she recently shifted her career to focus primarily on art and creative design. Thomas’s Trinidadian heritage has had a huge influence in her use of colour and subject matter of Caribbean women, carnival masqueraders, and vivid colourful patterns. She also dabbled in carnival costume design, while working with Caribana bands such as Jesse Matthews, Callaloo, and Louis Saldenah. Thomas hopes to continue growing in her expression of art and eventually aims to open her own Art House where artists can come to nurture their creative side.