ARTISTS DIARY: Danny Simmons & Andre Woolery

Visual artists discuss their process as they prepare for a special exhibition in New York City. Be inspired!

Standing on the blurred edge between the shadow of an artistic underground scene and the first glimmer of spotlight are creative visual artists on the cusp, ready to eMerge. It is my pleasure to announce that my company, Souleo Enterprises, LLC has partnered with Strivers Gardens Gallery to shine a light on these artists as we co-curate and co-produce the forthcoming exhibition, “eMegre: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp.” The exhibition will feature the works of renowned visual artistDanny “Danny” Simmons, Jr. my brother and young murder victim Glenn “Spoof” Wright and eight innovative and visionary contemporary artists from New York City and London. The opening reception of the exhibition is Thursday July 12 at 6:00pm at Strivers Gardens Gallery located at 300 West 135th St, New York, NY.

“eMerge will be the first in a series of annual exhibitions featuring the work of new and exciting visual artists,” said Lisa Hayes, manager of Strivers Gardens Gallery. “This exhibition is a multi-medium exploration of form, portraiture and abstract expressionism using a variety of mediums. Doors, tea bags, pins, sneakers, threads and buttons are transformed from the ordinary to visual expressions of memory and tribute.”

Anchoring the exhibition is a presentation of abstract-expressionist painter, Simmons, featuring select works from the last four decades. Featured in this exhibition is Simmons’ The Door (1989), a fusion of painting and poetry on a wooden door that serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the exhibition’s eMerging artists. Today, Ebony.com is opening that door as we kick-off a special limited run weekly artist diary to introduce the world to the talented artists featured in the “eMerge” exhibition. We begin with Simmons and rising artist, Andre Woolery. Get to know the journey of each artist in their own words. 

ANDRE WOOLERY

The past three years have been an unexpected journey or rather a waking dream. It all started with a month off from my day job and now has turned into a job within itself.  The hobby has rapidly evolved into a passion and now has put me on a stage to keep channeling my creativity for people to gain inspiration.

Being a self-taught artist and operating within my own bubble of expression, I've always felt vulnerable to the world's critical eye. If people don't like it, you've invested so much of your heart, mind and soul towards something people think is worthless. Those whispers of insecurity are what you hear in those silent moments of painting. But I've learned to listen to music (ha), have patience and trust my heart and mind. I'm always working on my confidence to boldly create and the journey has gotten me through all those moments of insecurity while making me a stronger artist. 

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