Lower Level, Mosaic Artist
Maude LeMaire is a Newark-based mosaic artist who creates highly-crafted, unique glass works. Inspired by contemporary iconology her subjects range throughout the familiar, glorifying celebrity, examining popular culture and poking at current day constructs. Lemaire’s commissioned work extends itself to the public, and has partnered with many real-estate and community initiatives to erect large scale public sculptures and murals.
Lower Level, Tap Dancer
Maurice Chestnut (Tap Dance) Newark native Maurice Chestnut began dancing at the age of five, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman. As one of taps’ brightest young stars, he was featured on The Sally Jesse Raphael Show in the “My Kid’s A Star” segment. He was a gold medalist in the NAACP Act-So competition and was crowned “Top Dog Performer” at The Apollo Theater. In 2003, Maurice was recruited by tap master Savion Glover, to join the national touring company of the Tony Award winning Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. Maurice received critical favor in that role. He has continued to work with Savion as a member of his Improvography and Bare Soundz tours, as well as performing in productions such as Classical Savion, Tappin’ Into Monk, Invitation To The Dancer and on ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars. Off-Broadway credits include Shades of Harlem, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar directed by George Faison at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and Can I Hit That. In addition to performing with his own band, he is often invited to perform or tour as a special guest with such prominent jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius Monk III. His high profile engagements have included the JVC Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Apollo Theater and Birdland, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen Trio. As his appearance on BET’s 106th and Park demonstrated, watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940’s… while bumping a hip-hop beat.
Kaylan Jones / Forever Audacious
Lower Level, Designer
Kaylan is the emerging artisan behind Forever Audacious. She works in a variety of media, but favors Jewelry design. She began designing accessories while studying Fashion Merchandising & Textile Design at Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA.). As her affinity for designing and crafting grew stronger since childhood, she quickly decided to follow in her family’s footsteps of entrepreneurship, and started her own small business in 2008.
Mello Mel (Melvin H Jones Jr)
Lower Level Music Producer/ DJ and Sound Design
“MelloMel” is a U.S. born Hip Hop and Drum ‘n’ Bass Producer/Engineer and Sound Designer based in Newark, NJ and resident audio artist at Solo(s) Project House. Mello Mel has been described as “the jack of all trades” graduating from Beatmaker to Producer/DJ. Mello Mel manages to bring all of his musical influences and experiences since childhood, as a trumpet player to the present day in his musical pallet. He combines the instrumentation and the teachings of his music background with the enchanting electronic synth sounds and hard hitting drums of today’s sonic landscape. Mello Mel’s latest release includes his second instrumental album title “FoSho” and his new EP title “FraɡmənˈtāSHUN” scheduled for release fall 2016.
Randy Haze Trio (Randy Haze, Boris Ivanov, Mark Hartmann, Tim Rech)
Gallery Floor, Musicians
The Randy Haze Trio is a Rock ‘n’ Roll explosion brandishing a Punk-Funk-Party-Rock vibe. Hailing from Newark NJ, they encompass the passion of the Blues with an urban sensibility. They are a sure fire act you don’t want to miss.
Gallery Floor, Painter
Harvey is an abstract oil painted based out of Queens, NY
Ricardo Osmondo Francis
Gallery Floor Artist/Curator – Mixed Media Painting and Drawing
Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present day advertisement imagery Francis’ vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. His lush elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings often depict the social constructs of masculinity and the complexity of their existence through conceptually layered portraiture, still life, and abstract compositions.
Gallery Floor, Multi-Media Artist, Sculpture/Installation
Robert Lach’s work is influenced by the architecture of nature, the anatomy of living organisms, and abstract forms. The structural design references cells, bones, and figurative elements. The focus is on the labor of craft by experimenting and manipulating everyday objects into art material.
Gallery Floor Photography
Shannon Stoia is a young image-maker, based in Newark, New Jersey. Her work is driven by her eagerness to make the very familiar _(her everyday)_ unfamiliar and abstruse. Surrounded by a youthful, eclectic group of peers, Stoia creates portraits and photographic accounts of them with her 35mm camera.
Gallery Floor Photography, Activist, Writer
Zellie Imani is an educator and image maker based in North Jersey. Most recently, Zellie has been organizing against anti-black state violence with Millennial Activists United and #NJShutitDown. Well known for his presence on Twitter, Zellie has created many trending hashtags including #NotJustSAE #BlackCelebsBeLike #Mynameisnot and more. In addition to his full time job and activist work, Zellie also writes on Black history, Black culture, and current events through an intersectional lens on www.black-culture.com.image caption n/a
Stick Em Up Studio
5th FloorPrint & Design
Stick Em Up is an off beat print and design studio that works with a myriad of creative businesses, artists and activists. The studio was founded in 2014 by graffiti enthusiast Julia Macedo, with a mission to create affordable printing for artists. Services include full color printing and installation, as well as design and advisement. Beyond printing, Macedo curates a series of art shows capturing the local graffiti scene and creates a series of subculture inspired products.
Custom George Renee
5th Floor, Fashion Designer
George Renee is a couture designer living and working in Newark, NJ
Customize Your Mind
5th Floor, Silkscreen & Design
“Customize Your Mind” silkscreen and designs works with creatives to customize apparel and art prints.
5th Floor, Mixed Media
Nan Ring makes art about singular moments of life with an intentionally varied approach to address questions about uncertainty and transience. Ring is drawn to the small, intimate moment, and thinks of herself artistically as an “intimist,” an apt title coined for her by a fellow artist. She grew up on stories of strong ancestors who survived hardships with imagination and persistence, tools that as an artist she counts among her most essential.