Local artist to host Caribbean-themed virtual exhibits Daytona Times – Daytona Times


Weldon Ryan is playing out his story, making strides in cyberspace despite the coronavirus attack.

The artist, a former Flagler County Art League president, joined artisans through Robert Shirk showcasing Men Painting Women Art Exhibit.

Your eyes will focus on stellar female forms, depicted differently by artists Wilson Romero, Leonardo Montoya Perez, Weldon Ryan, Herbie Martin, and Robert Shirk.

Thats happening through Aug. 21, Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the downtown Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Blvd., Orlando.

Recently, Ryan rid himself of his studio to work on line from home.

Ive also been working to get my social media with my YouTube channel going for people who enjoy my work, said Trinidad-born Ryan, who mostly grew up in the Bronx.

Ryans popularity has grown since graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 and attending the State University of New York at New Paltz. He later received an associate degree in general illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

He freelanced before landing an Urban Park Rangers job in 1987, painting murals for the New York City Parks Department at Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center, and afterwards joining the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Ryans sketches were the poster child for rounding up crooks after his assignment to the NYPD Forensic Artist Unit.

Doing the forensic work and the sketches of perpetrators of crime as you sit there, and speak with individuals, who have suffered a loss, you actually form a bond, and you feel their pain and emotions, he said.

Meanwhile, we trademarked the art of Carnival, between Richlin and myself, he added

His wife, Richlin, an art director and graphic artist, is the mother of the duos two children. Theyve changed their status arriving in Palm Coast in 2004.

Theres not any art related to carnival, except for mine as far as I know depicting the Caribbean side of things, and the way I do it, my realism, he stressed. Although his artwork is realistically illustrative, he allows for a bit of serendipity, reads his vitae.

Were trying also to work on the New York carnival; they are doing a virtual carnival, he added. Members of The Orlando Carnival downtown were also kind and brought us into their family.


The artist has actualized his dreams through art, and appeared on the Ricki Lake Show, the Geraldo Rivera Show, CNN, and in the April 1999 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine.

Hes treaded shoring up exhibits at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bronx River Art Center, the Harlem State Office Building, One Police Plaza, in addition to the Fulton Street Art Fair, the Flagler County Art League, the Hollingsworth Gallery, Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, and other venues.

I forgot to mention Calypso Fine Art, thats our online site where we also want to do a virtual art show. The art of carnival we must keep that going, he explained, while highlighting that the announcement will appear in September.

The images featured on CalypsoFineArt.com accommodate a dynamic spot for cultural exploration.

You are invited to a delightful Virtual Tea Party, July 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ladies 20 to 100 years old are invited to tune in for fellowship, fun, and a hat-fashion contest.

So, wear your favorite hat. Three awards will be granted.

Its the Sacred Sip and Say, hosted by First Lady Karen Wilkerson of St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Bunnell.

First Lady Carol Coffie of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast will be topping the headlines.

So, Zoom into the party at Meeting ID: 84152653839. Passcode: 325710.

As I am taking a hiatus through mid-September, I wish the best to all of my readers.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Birthdays wishes to the Rev. Cheryl Daniels, July 30; Annette Preston, July 31;twins Alexis and Alana Williams, Ernest G. Robinson Jr., Aug. 2; Almedia Quarterman, Aug. 3; Gloria Major, Shirley Horne, and Carolyn Snow, Aug. 4.


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