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March 28, 2016

For Immediate Release

Herman Mhire, Exhibition Curator,
Haiti: Paintings from Paradise
(337) 277-4304

Collecting Paintings from Paradise Glenn Stokes to speak at AcA on April 9
(Lafayette, La.) - Glenn Stokes, art collector, entomologist, horticulturalist, consultant to the World Health Organization and governments around the world, will speak about his experiences collecting the art of Haiti on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette. His presentation is in conjunction with the exhibition, “Haiti: Paintings from Paradise – The Collection of Yvonne and Glenn Stokes,” on view at the AcA through April 30, 2016. The exhibition commemorates the 30th anniversary of Festival International de Louisiane.
Glenn Stokes became an expert in mosquito and malaria control after receiving degrees in biology, chemistry, zoology and entomology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
From 1969 to 1990, Mr. Stokes worked in Haiti, visiting the island nation more than 200 times, often accompanied by his wife, Yvonne. The couple became interested in the art and artists of Haiti and began to form a collection that today includes approximately 400 paintings. Their collection represents primarily the artists, collectors and art galleries they came to know during that twenty-year period.
Mr. Stokes is also a third generation nurseryman, specializing in tropical plants. He founded Stokes Tropicals in 1995, and has given more than 50 lectures on tropical plants in Asia and the U. S. His April 9 presentation is free and open to the public.
The four fine art posters commemorating the special exhibition, “Haiti: Paintings from Paradise, The Glenn and Yvonne Stokes Collection” are now available for purchase at The Frame Shop Gallery 912.

The four commemorative posters feature paintings by four celebrated Haitian artists: St. Pierre Toussaint, Petion Savain, Paul Nemours and Rodrigue Mervilus, and are suitable for framing. Each poster is priced at $20, and the proceeds benefit Festival. 


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