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BaCA Presents ‘Portraits’ by Photographers Keliy Anderson-Staley and Stephen Gaskins

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach is proud to present "Portraits" - a dynamic show featuring the works of one of the country's most esteemed photographic artists, Keliy Anderson-Staley, whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress. The exhibit will also include emerging Florida photographer, Stephen Gaskins.

The exhibit runs January 13-February 23, with the artists' reception on February 2, 2018. For more information, visit www.baileyarts.org.

"[Hypen] Americans" is a diverse collection of American faces made across the country. The title of the project refers to the hyphenated character of American identities (Irish-American, African-American, etc.) without labeling anyone's actual identity.

"We are thrilled to exhibit Keliy Anderson-Staley's '[hyphen] Americans,'" said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., BaCA's gallery curator. "What adds to the incredible nature of these photographs is Keliy's process, which adheres to techniques used in the 1800's."

This video explains the historic process:

These portraits are all wet-plate collodion tintypes, made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes, period brass lenses and wooden view cameras. This nineteenth-century process was the first process widely used to make photographic portraits. The project draws attention to the fact that all portraits exist within a history of images, and that our perception of ourselves and our ancestors has always been mediated by photographic technology.

Keliy Anderson-Staley has exhibited her work at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Morris Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography, Bronx Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum and Southeast Museum of Photography. Her work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston.

She was a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a recipient of grants from Puffin Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance and George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation. She received the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She is also an assistant professor of photography and digital media at the University of Houston.

Her images have appeared in publications including Tricycle, Hemispheres, Art and Auction, Conde Nast Traveler, Contact Sheet, Photo District News, Camerawork and New York Magazine. A book of her tintype portraits, "On a Wet Bough," was published by Waltz Books.

This exhibit also features emerging photographic artist, Stephen Gaskins, who will display a collection of stunning photographs featuring African American women.

Stephen Gaskins owns a portrait studio where he spends countless hours capturing and editing images of prominent members of the community. A graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in the Multi-Media Design program, he is a successful self-taught photographer who started exploring photography four years ago and who grew his skills with the daily practice on the photography workflow.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 | (954) 284-0141. Learn more at: http://www.baileyarts.org/.

*Web Image Caption: "Dulce" by Keliy Anderson-Staley.

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BaCA Artists to Present at Superfine! Miami 2017

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach is excited to announce that their 10 resident artists will be presenting at Superfine! Miami 2017. The boutique contemporary art fair takes place December 6-10, during Art Basel, and features a hyper-curated exhibitor list.

"We are thrilled that BaCA will have a booth at the upcoming Superfine! art fair," said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., BaCA's gallery manager. "This event provides a platform for local, national and international visitors to learn about BaCA's programming and the great work that we are doing in Pompano Beach. It is also a tremendous opportunity for our artists in residence to reach new audiences and expand their network."

Artists participating include: Adewale Adenle, Missy Pierce, Cindy Trezona, Jinx Remover, Cherie Saleeby, CHNK, Galen Todd Traxler, Sandi Lazar, Heather Sisk, Samantha McInnis. BaCA's Artists in Residence are a diverse group of international, national and local artists who form a dynamic community within BaCA's walls.

During Superfine!, 46 international exhibitors ranging from top global galleries to Miami-bred independent artists will feature over 800 new works (70 percent priced accessibly between $200 and $4,000) as part of the only fair curated to provide both value and cutting-edge artwork under the same roof.

Superfine! Miami 2017 will kick off with a Midnight Vernissage starting at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 and will open to the public for a locals' reception and concert the evening of Thursday, December 7. Tickets start at $10 for single day admission, $35 for all-access passes, and $50 for Midnight Vernissage passes (which include all features of all-access passes).

For tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superfine-miami-2017-tickets-34833027523

For more information about BaCA, please visit: http://www.baileyarts.org/.

About Superfine!:

Superfine! is a curated, boutique contemporary art fair. We humanize the art world by carving out a nice where passionate, professional artists and their champions meet eager collectors, one-on-one. Each fair is a fun and accessible environment built for bringing joy and excitement to the collecting experience. Through a hyper-curated exhibitor list, we consistently deliver high-quality, well-priced artwork directly to you.

About Bailey Contemporary Arts:

The mission of the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is to cultivate, incubate and nurture a vibrant visual arts community that enriches Pompano Beach and its goal of being a nexus of art, creativity, diversity, and inspiration. Serving as an incubator for artistic innovation and education, the staff of BaCA amalgamates emerging local and national artists with industry professionals to elevate the creative process.

Located in the historic Bailey Hotel building, which was, at one point, the center of a thriving downtown in Pompano Beach. Built in 1932, the historic Bailey Hotel is the second oldest remaining building (right behind the old Farmer's Bank building next door), and is part of the longest contiguous collection of historic buildings in Broward County.

Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. For more information call 954-284-0141

About the Pompano Beach Redevelopment Agency (CRA):

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district. The CRA is governed by State Statutes, Chapter 163, Part III. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes.

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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents ‘Spiritual Vessels’

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Bailey Contemporary Arts (www.baileyarts.org) newest exhibit "Spiritual Vessels," features the paintings of Tony Khawam and the clay ceramic sculptures of Jeff Whyman. Khawam's new collection, "Syria- Aleppo Urban Landscapes," presents a semi-abstract vision of Syria's war-torn cities. Khawam invited Whyman to partner with him on this exhibit as he felt a spiritual connection between their works. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Visit the website for information about the opening reception and artists' talk.

Khawam stopped painting in 2001 after the events of 9/11, but picked up his brush again in 2015 having been influenced by the Syrian crisis that ravages his birthplace of Aleppo, Syria.

"My primary focus is of my birthplace, the city of Aleppo, with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops and punched holes in the building facades," explained Khawam, whose family immigrated to the US in 1976 and became a naturalized citizen five years later.

"Viewers at first glance experience both the sadness of the scene and a hopeful feeling," explained Juliana Forero, Ph.D., BaCA's gallery manager.

Khawam accomplishes this paradox by using a colorful palette to paint the neighborhoods by deconstructing the painting with the single stroke method. This allows the work to appear intact while at the same time viewers see the tragic reality of haunting, disturbing scenes. It also offers viewers a unique vision of his application and method, which is evident in the contemporary art direction of his paintings.

Khawam's aim is not to focus on the politics of the conflict, but instead to raise awareness in the hope of changing the perception from destruction - of haunting and disturbing scenes to hopeful, colorful neighborhoods that are filled with life. "The presence of people is felt without showing human suffering and offers a glimpse of hope for residents to return and rebuild," continued Khawam.

"Syria - Aleppo Urban Landscapes" paintings series are best viewed as collage paintings of six or more to form one artwork so the viewer can fully experience the depth, sensitivity of the subject and the method of painting up close to examine the expressionist fractal patterns of layered accumulation of brush strokes.

Khawam met Whyman during the latter's solo exhibition at Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery in Boca Raton and felt an instant affinity for his work.

Master artist Jeff Whyman has been exploring the expressive possibilities of clay and steel sculpture for more than four decades. He studied with legendary Peter Voulkos who was a leader in both breaking the boundaries between the fine arts and crafts and in creating large scale abstract expressionistic ceramics. Whyman uses clay to form the basic shape of a pottery, then he starts adding different shapes of clay and other materials with rapid execution and full energy to finish the process by glazing the ceramic sculpture.

"Jeff has figured out how to create contemporary works of art from an ancient craft and uses it to create contemporary signature style ceramic sculptures. His application and rapid execution of the materials to build a sculpture is similar to my techniques of applying expressionist strokes to construct and deconstruct to create a fragmentation but yet intact paintings," said Khawam. "Jeff's work reminds me of the sculptures I grew up seeing in the national museums of Aleppo and Damascus."

Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. For more information call 954-284-0141.

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Pompano Beach’s Bailey Contemporary Arts and Ad Visual Arts Academy in Tehran Present ‘Frontier’ Global Exhibition

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Bailey Contemporary Arts (www.baileyarts.org) in Pompano Beach is proud to collaborate with Ad Visual Arts Academy in Tehran, Iran for a global exhibit of ceramic and mixed media works that explores the idea of "Borders" versus "Frontiers." The first "Frontier" exhibition was held in Khaneh-Honarmandan, Tehran, one of the most prestigious art centers in Iran. In addition to the Iran-based exhibit, four international curators were called to collaborate and invite artists in their country to hold exhibitions.

Sarah Benichou of Bailey Arts was selected and has organized a prestigious array of artists to present. The exhibit will open September 1 and run through September 19, 2017.

"We are so honored that BaCA was chosen to be included in this outstanding global exhibit," said Benichou. "I was asked by the Academy to put together an exhibit that shows how artists understand and grapple with the notion of 'limitations,' be it physical or geographic borders, or material and medium.

"Focusing on the characteristics of ceramics, the show looks to address the concerns of the contemporary world, and how we are being limited, and at the same time challenged, to defy those limitations. The notion of borders is constraining, but in the United States the implication of 'Frontier' is inspiring."

Since the field of ceramics oscillates between art and craft with influences on painting and sculpture without a specific division between applied and visual arts, the Academy had decided that after its first ceramics-based exhibition "Breakable," the theme for this year's exhibition will be how artists can use ceramics.

Artists participating in the BaCA show include Linda Behar, Michael Boroniec, Giannina Dwin, Stephen Futej, Sibel Kocabasi, Anja Marais, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Cherie Saleeby, Anthony Stellaccio. In this exhibition, conceptual works will be comprised fully of ceramic materials, or from different media, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance and ime-based arts, with ceramics integrated into the creation, and execution process.

Other countries participating in this global initiative include Japan, Turkey and France.

The Ad Visual Arts Academy, established in 2014, offers a wide variety of art classes such as theory of art, painting and ceramics in which the latter has been their area of expertise. The Academy has put this project out to galleries worldwide, in the hopes of connecting and uniting cultures through a theme that can be interpreted in many different ways.

BaCA is located at 41 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

For more information, please visit http://www.baileyarts.org/ or call 954-284-0141.

*Image Caption: Art work by Anthony Stellaccio encompasses earth from his father's grave, his mother's home, his birth place and graves in New Orleans.

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