Jack Crying Raven Anderson: A Solo Exhibition curated by Atim Annette Oton
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Join JCTC as we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month this November with the opening of the exhibition by Jack Crying Raven Anderson curated by Atim Annette Oton of Calabar Gallery.
Meet with Ramapough Lenape Nation artist who is a member of one of two New Jersey tribes officially recognized as an American Indian tribe in New Jersey since 1980 and come to see the screening of “American Native” directed by Steven Oritt.
Artist Bio: Jack Anderson is a self-taught contemporary artist of African American and Native American heritage who creates Jazz, Blues, Love and Native American theme.
Artist Statement: My life has been an overwhelming, but fantastic journey. I have learned the power of the Circle, the importance of family, unconditional love and creativity during my journey. Since the beginning I have loved color. I have been using color to create since I was old enough to pick up a crayon. Since then I have used color to express my love, my fears, my sorrow and my joy. What I paint comes from my heart and soul. It is a record of my journey. I am a self-taught painter. I draw inspiration from my Ramapough-Lenape / E. Cherokee (NGE) and Afro-American roots. Some of the people who inspire me are: Cynthia, my best friend,wife, lover, muse and confidant, whose constant support of me artistry is beyond compare; Willie Butler, my favorite artist, who taught me basic composition, how to look at things and dissect them, then put them on canvas...Willie gave me my first paint box...he also got me hooked on Jazz; John Coltrane, who sets the mood to paint; Billie Holiday and Joanne Shenandoah who set the emotion; Malcolm-X, who taught me to stand up and do it for myself....by any means necessary."
Artist Reception 5:30PM -7:30PM / Screening 7:45PM - 9:30PM
339 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302