Come and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




Come and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday, January 17, 2011 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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COMMEMORATE
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, along with other aspects
of the struggle for equal rights in American history.

CREATE
Make artwork that celebrates the principles for which Dr. King stood.

COLLABORATE
Work with artist Demar Douglas and others on projects that reflect the power of diversity and unity.

CELEBRATE
Enjoy music courtesy of Amoeba Music and artwork by Bill Cornalis, Jr.
Visit our Reading Corner, view special films and more!

 

 

The MOT thanks Ovation TV for their support .

About the Artists


Bill Cormalis Jr.

   

"A Game in the B Leagues".... Is dedicated to the colored men and women of the Negro Leagues of baseball. The "A Game in the B Leagues" is a personally selected group of players that represents a time line of the league as well as two teams worth of players at the position/positions the player was known to play. The colors used were red, white, blue and black. The red, white and blue to symbolize America, and the black, well you know what the black is for. This is a tolerance issue for me, being these people could not compete at the highest level of competition due to the color of their skin. What I found out during research was, that in the off season, Major League Allstars would organize exhibition games know as "Barnstorming" games, played on open fields and such, against Negro League Allstars. During these games, Major League legends such as Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio, were exposed to Negro League legends like John Henry "Pop" Lloyd and Satchel Paige. Babe Ruth said, "Pop" Lloyd was the greatest player he had ever seen." Joe Dimaggio admitted, "
Satchel Paige was the most dominating pitcher I ever faced." If the greatest player of all time says another player is the greatest he has seen, then it is shameful the two did not compete officially based on the color of the others skin.

In school I learned who Jackie Robinson was obviously. Satchel Paige may have been brought up, and Josh Gibson seems to be another kids might learn about. But that is it. I feel cheated that was all I was given in school about the Negro Leagues of baseball. This was civil rights before Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks. If the school system isn't going to give the kids a history lesson, then I will, and that is what the intention of the "A Game in the B Leagues" is, to teach/ pass on the information I learned on to someone else, through art.

     


Demar Douglas

Demar Douglas's artistic journey began on his second birthday, after painting numerous three-foot high murals on his parents' wall. Recognizing his potential, his parents invested in art materials to feed their son's creativity. Demar has been an artist all his life.
 Its as if he were doing finger paintings in the womb. When he was 4 years old, he set out to be an artist. While he was in early elementary school, after watching every Disney film and reading many comic books, he realized that artists were actually paid to create art. Demar then recruited the top artist at his school, and like Voltron, they came together and formed N.D.C. (New Drawing Crew). Together, the young entrepreneurs set out to make a reputation for themselves, and earn a little extra money for the llatest X-Men comics. They took pride in being able to draw posters of any character, from Spiderman to Ninja Turtles. They also created their own line of comics which they sold at the student bookstore. N.D.C. crumbled when its creators entered junior high school.

Not to be discouraged, Demar quickly stepped up his craft and began doing realistic portraits. During his time in college he began receiving commercial projects, and he was well on his way to becoming an illustrator, or background painter for animation. But the desire to express his own emotions and create his own characters was too strong. While in college, he met fellow artist Jackson Collins who was selling his art on Venice Beach with his wife and son by his side. Jackson truly opened Demar's eyes. He will never forget Jackson's profound words. Jackson said, "I have a degree, but what kind of life would I have if I was locked away in an office all day. I can make my living and still see my son's first steps."

After Demar's encounter with Jackson, commercial projects took a back seat to his passion. Demar now creates from his heart.His art represents the essence of his life experience. All of Demar's images appear to him in dreams and he interprets them with the stroke of a brush. During his early carreer Demar assumed the name Blaqwata to find his artistic voice. During that time he explored many differnt styles and themes in his art. It wasn't until some life changing events took place did he find that voice he had been searching for. The metamorphosis took place December 26th 2008. Frederick Douglas once said that without strugle there can be no progress. Demar now Armed with paint, canvas and a new perception of life, intends on taking the viewers on a explortation of the imagination.

Demar feels similar to Joseph from Genesis. These life-inspiring images keep recurring to him until he paints them out of his mind. Demar paints stylized surrealism within an abstract compostion finding the beautiful struggle though lifes oppostion.

 

 

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