Renaissance Fine Art
New York, NY 10027
RENAISSANCE FINE ART
New Harlem Gallery
Opened October 16, 2009. Curtis Jacobs, Founder/President of Renaissance Fine Art ("RFA"), located at 2075 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd (7th Ave. @ 124th St.), New York, New York 10027 is pleased to announce the gallery's official launch.
In a joint effort to contribute to the redevelopment and artistic enrichment of Harlem, Jacobs has invited curator Paula Coleman to join RFA as Director. Jacobs and Coleman are thrilled to have this unique opportunity to participate in Harlem's ever-growing and dynamic cultural life. RFA will display the works of contemporary painters, sculptors, and photographers, specializing in the works of artists from the Diaspora. In support of other artistic expressions, the gallery will provide a venue for film screenings, book signings, educational workshops, and seminars. RFA will also be available for rentals for private parties and business meetings. RFA's mission is to cultivate emerging collectors, provide stellar gallery representation to well-established and emerging artists, and afford individuals and groups with a quaint neighborly space for business and cultural affairs.
Curtiss Jacobs is a current Wall Street executive with a fond appreciation for the visual arts. Jacobs worked for a number of years as a successful commercial photographer, specializing in fashion and beauty developing his skills while working under legendary photographers Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz. Jacobs has always been passionate about the unparalleled creativity that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance period, which was the inspiration for the gallery's name.
As the nexus of the famed 1920s Harlem Renaissance -- where countless artists, writers, poets and musicians converged to create a cultural Mecca - RFA Fine Art will offer a local venue for community artists and creative visionaries. The gallery is dedicated to Joseph David Jacobs a talented painter in his own right and Jacobs' father.
Paula Coleman, Director, emerged on the New York art scene in 2001 at the beginning of the gentrification of Harlem. She co-founded the P.C.O.G. Gallery for six years with the renowned sculptor Ousmane Gueye. Coleman has been an Education Consultant for the past four years, teaching curatorial workshops at Community Prep H.S. in Manhattan. In 2009, she added W.L. Bonner Center's cultural program to her portfolio, teaching their first intergenerational art workshop. As a Harlem resident, Coleman stays involved with its cultural life and continues to work and stay committed to local artists and small businesses.
Renaissance Fine Art is a member of "Harlem Park to Park" ("HP2P") an iinitative made up of over forty businesses located in Harlem, New York City.
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