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Nnamdi Okonkwo

In 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Nnamdi Okonkwo at an art show in Manhattan.

Pictured: Nnamdi Okonkwo, Sculptor, with Resolution

A couple of years ago I started following him on IG and told him I was looking forward to the day I could purchase my first piece of art from him.

Have you thought about what your first real art purchase would be? I’ve long suspected mine would be sculpture. Something three-dimensional.

When I moved to New York City in 2005, I began visiting art galleries. My favorite one is on Central Park South. There’s some beautiful work in that gallery. But even if I could swing the exorbitant price tags, the pieces I liked best didn’t really reflect me.

When I met Nnamdi with his lady Resolution, I wanted to lean in, take a seat and speak with them both. Not only did he speak to me but so did his work.

Last month while on a cross country road trip, I asked if he was available for a studio visit. He was. I visited and it was the highlight of my trip and a true joy I will remember throughout my life. I placed an order for two small sculptures, “Joy” and “They are Waiting.” I wanted to select art that not only reflected some of my physicality, but also expressed where I am spiritually and emotionally. My whole life is long waits dotted with bursts of joy.

The below video shares some of my exploration of Nnamdi’s studio as well as his graciousness in opening his space and answering my questions. I’ve also added pictures of him from the art show in Manhattan and of me sitting with his “Friends” monument installation in Harlem in 2012. I refer to this statue as “Sisters,” in the video but please note “Sisters” has three more figures than “Friends.”

When we sat to talk in his studio last month, Nnamdi started off by saying he remembered meeting me all those years ago. My first inclination was to dismiss his comment. Then I had to reject my dismissal. He and his work had made such an impression on me I’ve literally remembered one of his pieces with me as a figure in it (see video). ☺

We live in a superficial world where people change their interests with the shifting winds seeking instant gratification. I’ve never been one for the quick fix. I’m purposeful and methodical. I come through on the follow-through eventually.

For those of you who may be beating yourself up for taking too long to do something or acquire a wishlist item, remind yourself it’s your life to live at your pace. When you’re in a comfortable enough space to do that unnecessary, but pleasurable thing, your satisfaction will have no limits.

Check out Nnamdi Okonkwo’s work at http://www.nnamdiart.com. Yo can find him on IG (@nnamdiart) and Facebook (@nnamdi.okonkwo.96).

“In my indigenous culture, womanhood is venerated. In my sculpture I want to express the noble virtues of humanity such as empathy, love, humility and inner strength which women possess. The voluminous shapes are aesthetically pleasing and intoxicating to me, but why also serve to emphasize the largeness of the soul of womanhood.”

 

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Harvest Update Newsletter, December 2016

December 2016 Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2

Hello Dearest!

I have a quick holiday update for you! I’m participating in two great events this week. If you’re in New York City, I would love to see you. If you’re no where near NYC, you can still visit me virtually and browse my wares online.

Art Show: Artists @ Work

Last year, I was invited by a colleague to see her photography on display at the Employee Art Show at work. This year, I submitted my own photography and one of my images was selected for display at the Henry DeFord III Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, December 1, 5:00-7:30 pm. The art show runs until March 15, 2017.

Henry DeFord III Gallery
One Court Square (Lobby)
Long Island City, NY

If you aren’t able to make the reception, the gallery is in the lobby and accessible for viewing. It’s also free. And of course, all my images are online on my Images+Life blog and you can view them from the comfort of your desk!

light-of-the-world-and-me-at-gallery  darkness-as-noonday

That’s me on the left proudly and excitedly dropping off the wrong image to the gallery two weeks ago. 🙂 I call the piece Light of the World (metallic paper mounted in gallery plexiglas). The Art Show Director actually wanted the image on the left, Darkness as Noonday, but asked for Light of the World. Both images are self-portraits and anchor a photo series I’m still working on titled Selfie-Evaluation: I AM Light. See more here.

Harlem Holiday Expo

Harlem Park to Park presents Shop Harlem Live Harlem at MIST Harlem on December 3.

I have quite the selection of creative items to choose from – art prints, greeting cards, books, and t-shirts – all my own writing, photography, designs, and compositions. Prices range from $2.00 (matted wallet prints) to $340.00 (mounted gallery prints). You’re sure to find a great gift or a great item to keep for yourself!

Registration is free but required through Eventbrite.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST

MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026
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If you miss me at the Expo, find me on weekends on 125th Street or 24/7 at https://squareup.com/store/spirit-harvest.

SHLH-Holiday-Expo-design-Poster-ONLINE.jpgThanks for being a loyal email subscriber. We appreciate hearing from you. Let us know if you ever have any questions.

blue-dressSincerely,
LaShawnda

Spirit Harvest
shawnda@spirit-harvest.com
P.O. Box 1130
New York NY 10029
USA