Niki Lopez’s 10th annual group art exhibition at the 1310 Gallery

What’s Your Elephant Art Exhibit to Opens with Compelling Art and Performances

 

Opening Night + Performance: Saturday, August 18th | 1310 Gallery | 6pm-10pm

Artist Niki Lopez will be curating her 10th Annual Art Show at Fort Lauderdale’s 1310 Gallery. She was recently featured on the People Magazine Investigates: Cults series on the Investigation Discovery channel. There, Lopez shared her story of being raised in an abusive cult that thrived on secrecy, until she and other survivors broke their silence, which ultimately brought down the cult and its leader.

This experience inspired her to create a space in her art to share her “elephant” (an obvious truth that is being ignored or otherwise unaddressed) and to passionately provide opportunities for others to do the same. What’s Your Elephant uses a combination of art exhibits, interactive installations, and workshops to provoke and facilitate discussions unveiling issues like gender, discrimination, and abuse.

Visual Artists:

  • Adewale Adenle
  • Artists for Black Lives Matter #a4blm
  • Cathleen Dean
  • Cindy Shaw
  • Jodi Stoner
  • Kristin Beck
  • Mary Catello
  • Naomi Lauren Ross
  • Natalya Kochak – Niki Lopez
  • Rene Gordon
  • Robbi Potter
  • Stonewall National Museum & Archives (COMMUNITY PARTNER
  • Susan Buzzi
  • Tabatha Mudra
  • Talora Michaels
  • Teepop
  • Tina La Porta
  • Victoria Sheridan
  • #whatsyourelephant workshop artwork
  • Wilbert Simpson

Attendees are invited to participate with an interactive installation to share their “elephant.” Lopez will also host a “What’s Your Elephant” workshop at the location of this exhibition’s community partner – Stonewall National Museum & Archives on Thursday, August 2, 2018.Participants will use creative arts in a safe space to reveal individual or societal “elephants” impacting their lives. “It’s about acknowledging it [the elephant] owning it, so that it doesn’t define you,” says Lopez.

Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition presents materials of a sensitive nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

Opening night will be hosted by poet Rachel ‘Flow Diva’ Finely and include performances byInez Barlatier,Venus Rising, Mystic Mantra Band, May Reign, Dillon, Morgyn Danae, G. Winston James, Charnell Richards and Chelsea Ward. Music DJ Bumi.

Sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Niki Lopez Creative, 1310 Bandits Collective, Very GTV, Panku Literary and Arts Magazine, TBA, and the 1310 Gallery.

For more info on the arts project: http://nikiartstudio.com/whats-your-elephant/

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and from the Community Foundation of Broward: Fonda, and H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Family Trust Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fun and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund

Sponsor:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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2018 Community Partner:

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Stonewall National Museum & Archives: Stonewall, our 2018 Community Partner, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(3) that promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their significant role in society.

 

Exhibition: August 18 – September 29th, 2018

Dates:

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Thou Art Woman – Open Mic, Spoken Word & Live performance celebrating LGBTQ women

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Art Woman @ the Portraitic Perspectives Exhibition

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 Saturday, March 7th 2015,  7:00pm – 10:00pm

Thou Art Woman returns! A CAN’T MISS event the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts aka 1310 Gallery to celebrating LGBTQ women. Open mic with featured live performance, singers, and spoken word artist. Within the backdrop of a month long exhibit ‘Portraitic Perspectives Exhibition’ – produced by photographer David Muir!

The evening includes: Open Mic and Featuring performances by: Kat C.H.R., Terese “Chunky” Hill, DJ JesiMixx, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, & dj fflood

Special thanks to our sponsors:
The Law Offices of Megan D. Widmeyer • The Credit Group, Inc. • Reese Vision Care • Dr Chanda Reese, OBGYN • Niki Lopez Creative • Broward Cultural Division • DAVIDiPhoto • 1310 Gallery /Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts
FREE & Open

to the public

 RSVP:
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1310 Gallery
1310 SW 2nd Court
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33312

Meet the features:

Kat C.H.R

Alternative/Reggae/Singer/songwriter

Kat C.H.R is the face of Jamaican alternative music. Her sultry, haunting voice intermixed with soulful lyrics,alternative beats, and flavorings of Reggae gives birth to her style – ‘alternative lovers’ rock’. This edgy, paradoxical singer-songwriter is ready to shake up the indie world with her great music and positive vibes!

Terese “Chunky” Hill

Poet, Speaker, Performance Poet, Actress

Acknowledged as one of the prolific voices of our time. This Nationally known spoken word artist has the ability to hold and comfort her audience by delivering heart felt passion through words, provoking the listener to feel inspired and uplifted. Using the gift of speech to draw a vivid picture of culture and diversity that is touchable reality. Terese is a public servant. Severing as a Law enforcement officer for over ten years she has combined poetry and the law into a prophetic mixture. She has captured the ability to voice personal life experience, societal blues, sexuality, and world issues into a soulful gospel

of good news, by using the universal language of poetry.

Embracing her community poetically she has provided an eclectic poetry venue since 2001 for poets, singers and appreciators.. Terese is the Co-founder and CEO of the company SpittFiYa Productions a company which poetry is used as a vehicle to motivate empower and uplift through art of spoken word. In 2003 Terese assembled a group of poets to compete nationally at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, Ca. Terese has competed at the national level 9 times for the state of Florida. Individually Terese has ranked fifth in the nation out over 200 poets.

This national traveled poet has performed from heat of Mississippi’s delta to the city lights of New York and has found there is no greater pleasure than the voice of youth. In 2004 Spittfiya Youth speak poetry slam was founded to give our youth our most precious commodity a twist to what society is offering them today.

Promoting literacy, writing, diversity and free thinking Terese believes spoken word poetry will inspire our youth to express

with there minds and mouths. Terese is author of life time of poems and the producer of two C.D.’s “Spittfiya Volume 1 a capella oration of poetry and “Unchained Passion’ Spittfiya volume 2 with live accompaniment acoustic music and poetry oration.

Terese is humbled by her gift of speech and willing to share with the world one poem at a time. She is the passion, the fire and the soul of spoken word poetry.

Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns

Poet

Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns is a Miami native. She is a force to reckon with in the arena of poetry. Her ability to freestyle poetry on the spot for any occasion leaves listeners in awe. She’s the author of 3 self published books of poetry, a recording artist with 11 albums to date as of February 2014, and the producer and director of 9 stage productions. Her work is appreciated by the likes of Ms. Betty Wright, Nikki Giovanni Robert Townsend, Kim Coles, Fantasia, Lenny Williams, and Rick Party to name a few.

 

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