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Ripe Restaurant In Mt. Vernon To Host Exclusive Jamaican Art Show – October 21, 2007, New York

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Mt. Vernon, New York (October 9, 2007)—-Buoyed by excellent reviews of last year’s event, Ripe Kitchen and Bar is set to host it’s latest installment of the popular art series Another One Night Stand on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 4 : 30 p.m. at 151 West Sandford Boulevard in Mt. Vernon.

The current show, fittingly titled Another One Night Stand – A Jamaican Retrospective, will feature the work of Paul Blackwood (Jamaican Artist Alliance), Alphanso Blake (Jamaican Artist Alliance), Courtney Morgan and in her first showing at Ripe, Cheery Stewart (formerly of the Trafalgar Artists Cooperative – Kingston).

Alphanso Blake spoke of the enthusiasm surrounding the group’s participation in the upcoming show. “We are happy to have been asked to exhibit our new work at Ripe’s annual art show. The response from the large audience was amazing last year and the intimate nature of the show allowed us the rare chance to interact on a very personal level with those in attendance. We are looking forward to having a similar experience this month and we are all very excited to be back in Mt. Vernon and at Ripe – a place that has received great acclaim for embodying the best of Caribbean cuisine and culture.”

This is the third installment of an annual series conceptualized by Ripe’s owner Nigel Spence who sought to creatively meld integral facets of Jamaican culture – art, music and cuisine. The inaugural show in 2005 featured the art and music of two of Jamaica’s most influential artists – Robert “Kibo” Thompson and Phillip Supersaad.

For additional information please log on to www.riperestaurant.com.
Ripe Kitchen and Bar
151 SANDFORD BLVD WEST, MT VERNON NY 10550 914-665-7689
Contact : [email protected]


Paul Blackwood
A “country” boy born in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, Paul Blackwood began painting as a child and is a self taught artist. All of his works, done in oils and collages, are shown extensively in North America and the Caribbean in particular. Paul’s pieces have been collected by art lovers the world over including Brazilian President, the Hon. Luiz Inacia Lula da Silva and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. His work continues to reflect his guiding belief – that of striving for personal excellence while encouraging the work of fledging artists.

Alphanso Blake
Born in Kingston, Jamaica Alphanso began his career in 1989 working with oils but currently works exclusively in acrylic. He is an alumnus of the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and his works have been positively reviewed by critics at various national and international venues. Highly prized, Alphanso’s work graces the private collections of art aficionados such as Roberta Flack. He continues to be one of Jamaica’s most recognized and beloved contemporary artists.

Courtney Morgan
Another “country” boy from Westmoreland, Jamaica Courtney Morgan began painting in 1977. After several Honorable Mentions Courtney was awarded the Bronze Medal by the Jamaica Cultural and Development Commission in 1998. He works primarily in oils and acrylic and created the album jacket for the musical release Jimmy Tucker Sings of Jamaica. The Government of Jamaica twice bestowed the distinct honor of presenting Courtney’s work as official gifts to His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino of Japan as well as to the former President of Argentina, the Hon. Carlos Menem.

Cheery Stewart
Cheery also enrolled in the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts but laughingly admits to only remaining long enough to acquire a student identification card. However, her career truly began in 1983 under the tutelage of the Trafalgar Artists Cooperative in Kingston and more specifically, through mentoring from other talented Jamaicans such as Awakiwali Walters and Webster Campbell. Her chosen medium is oil although some of her work is presented as mixed media. Her work has been shown primarily in North America and Jamaica and some of it has found a place in the private collections of musician Ibo Cooper and American Congresswoman the Hon. Yvette Clarke. Cheery continues to effectively balance the authentic expressions of the artist within with the external admiration of the global public.

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