Stony Point Center Artist-in-residence Adjani Okpu-Egbe is offering a Wednesday evening course in Art and Community Empowerment, open to SPC guests, neighbors and friends. Each session includes theoretical discussion about art and social change grounded in Adjani's experience in the Afrosurreal Expressionist artistic movement, followed by a painting session. The course is open to everyone, regardless of any experience in art or painting!Adjani Display

Adjani's art is currently being displayed in the main hallway of Evergreen building at Stony Point Center -- come take a look!

Recently featured in the prestigious 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Manhattan, Adjani is a distinctive voice among a new generation of African-born artists. His evocative style mixes oil paints with found elements to portray at once the every-day human and the mythical levels of political struggles. Read Adjani's full bio at https://stonypointcenter.org/art-space/current-artist-in-residence

Update: Final Class and Exhibit on July 3

July3 FlyerInspired by the people and culture at Stony Point Center, Adjani will display the work he has done during his residency and share about how his practice of “poppabilism” has developed during this time. Students will be invited to share how the class has impacted them. Read more and download flyer here.

Course Information:

During the six Wednesday evenings (7-9pm), through July 3, Adjani will cover themes such as how to derive inspiration to make art, interpreting art, the role of art in social justice activism, art and war, murals, and art and community empowerment. After discussion of a theme, there will be a hour for participants to paint during each class.

See below for the course schedule. Each session will include a summary of the material covered previously. It is not necessary to attend all sessions, but it is encouraged!

A sliding scale of $5-$20 per session is requested to help cover the cost of materials. In order to know how many materials to prepare, please register for the class online: www.stonypointcenter.org/art-community

If you have any questions, please email Adjani at adjani@yahoo.com

We hope you can join us to hear from and work with this inspiring, creative voice for art and justice!

Course Schedule:

May 29 — Intro to Adjani and Afrosurreal Expressionism

June 5 — Art History and Inspiration for Creating Art

June 12 — Interpreting Art

June 19 — Art, War and Violence (including a commemoration of Juneteenth)

June 26 — Art, War and Nonviolent Activism

July 3 — Final Class and Exhibit