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April 14, 2016


Media Advisory

 

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

Festival International de Louisiane
Contact:

Buz Reid, Chairman 30th Anniversary Committee
buz@buzreid.com


(337) 278-0556
 

Alex Bien Aimé and Glenn Stokes Gallery Talk

(Lafayette, La.) - Alex Bien-Aimé, Haitian artist, and Glenn Stokes, collector of Haitian art, will engage in a conversation about the art of Haiti on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11a.m. to 12 noon at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette. Their Gallery Talk 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.

What:  
Alex Bien Aimé and Glenn Stokes Gallery Talk

When:
Saturday, April, 11 a.m.

Where:
Acadiana Center for the Arts, Downtown, Lafayette, La.
The Saturday, April 16 Gallery Talk at the AcA is free and open to the public.

Alex Bien-Aimé, Haitian artist, and Glenn Stokes, collector of Haitian art, will engage in a conversation about the art of Haiti on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11a.m. to 12 noon at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette. Their Gallery Talk 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.

Alex Bien-Aimé received a degree in Plastic Arts from the National School for Arts (ENARTS - Haiti’s only university level institution devoted to arts education) in 2005, and studied Cultural Administration and Management. Originally from La Petite Riviere de l’Artibonite, Alex debuted his painting in 1991 which includes diverse subjects in acrylic on canvas.

Alex was a leader at ENARTS. He formed a committee and organized exhibits to promote student work. After graduation, he formed a not-for-profit socio-cultural association named “Promo Art Plus” to continue his mission of helping young artists. He served as a member of Cabinet of the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, from November 2009 to February 2011, as a General Supervisor at the call center of the National Urgent Care Operation from November 2010 to April 2011, and as Director of Visual Arts at the Ministry of Culture from January to September 2012. He is currently in charge of the Mission at the National Haitian Museum.

Alex has organized many exhibitions in Haiti, participated in more than ten other exhibitions as well as cultural events in New York, Canada, France, Belgium and the Dominican Republic. Trained in cultural management, Alex organizes courses throughout various cities to teach other professional artists who have not received academic training. Alex Bien-Aimé has promoted Haitian culture around the world for 25 years through conferences, exhibitions, and workshops.

Alex Bien-Aimé is currently in residence at NuNu’s in Arnaudville where his work will be exhibited during Fire and Water, April 15 – 17.

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.



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