Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Local Black Artists – Call For Artists
Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Show dates: Monday, January 17 – Friday, February 18, 2022
Opening reception: Monday, January 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, Arts Alliance of Stratford and Sterling House will celebrate the creativity of local Black artists.
With Sterling House’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day, upcoming Black History month, and with a firm belief that Black Art Matters, we invite Black artists in Fairfield and New Haven Counties to submit artwork for an art show.
The call for artists is open to paintings, drawings, collage, poetry, music*, dance*, storytelling*, photography, dramatic arts*, and any 2-dimensional, hangable art.
*Performers will submit a framed photograph of themselves, their troupe, band, etc, engaged in a performance. When the show is hung, the title card for the photo will include a QR code that will take the viewer to the performer’s YouTube/Vimeo channel or website to view/listen to the performance(s).
Willie Scaife is a fine art painter specializing in abstract art and multimedia and is an active member of Arts Alliance of Stratford. Willie is a New Jersey native, but landed in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut where he studied business at the University of Bridgeport. He also has a degree in interior design which he applies to his designs for mid-century furniture and creates content for clothing featuring his paintings Incorporated on the fabric.
Willie works with acrylic on canvas as well as alcohol and acrylic inks on synthetic paper. His art does not attempt to represent external reality. Instead, he chooses to achieve its effects by using color, shapes and forms to capture the energy of color through his creative process of fluidity and symbolism. Colors flow, meet and mingle, creating pattern and texture driven by patience, and natural forces within the environment he creates in. The flow is in synch with the actions of water within pigment.
Willie’s interest in art is life long, having started in elementary school where he painted his first murals. His paintings and designs have been bought, viewed, and displayed in many private homes and businesses throughout The United States and beyond.
Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning, and his past art educators all inspired Willie’s creations and paintings.