NEW ART AT ELEGBA FOLKLORE SOCIETY
“Memories of the Motherland”
May 5 – July 31
Memories of the Motherland opens at Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center on Friday, May 5, with a reception from 5p – 9p. The art opening happens in conjunction with the First Friday’s ArtWalk.
Memories of the Motherland is a collection of paintings by Jerome Jones, father, and Jeromyah Jones, son. The exhibition will run through July 31. Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center is located at 101 East Broad St, in the downtown RVA ArtsDistrict at 1st and Broad Streets. Hours: Noon– 6p, Tuesday – Friday, Noon– 4p, Saturday and by appointment.
For over 40 years Jerome W. Jones, Jr. has been using his original paintings to teach, what Jones says is “the art of life through the love of art“ to inspire young and old to use their gifts to uplift others. Jones’ creative style of portraiture reflects the likeness of his subjects and what they love to do. The artist believes every home should own art that exhibits the “heart and history” of the resident and that affirms, “Who I am, what I Am and where I am.” Jones’ art company is The Painter’s Poetree. It houses Jones’ original portraits, landscapes and still life paintings. Jerome Jones has over 100 autographed portraits in his Ingenious Artistic Minds collection of paintings. His work is in the collection of Evander Holyfield, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jordan, Michael Vick, VCU Health Systems and the City of Richmond among others. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.
A visionary for justice, a writer of truth, a painter of life and a poet of love, Jeromyah Jones is following the creative footsteps of his father. He has exhibited at Maymont Park’s centennial of the Japanese Garden, the Hampton University Museum, the 2015 Trumpet Awards and the Virginia Governor’s office. His work has been featured in print and online on CNN, in Ebony, GRIT, Huffington Post and USA Today. Following his mission to portray and define the true essence of beauty, Jones says, “I hope people will recognize the love, the hunger and dedication that I have for painting. I want my work to inspire, enlighten and uplift those who have the courage to look beyond.”
NPR affiliate WCVE interviewed Memories of the Motherland artists Jerome and Jeromyah Jones about their art, its messages and their inspiration. Explore both artistic and cultural motivation. Please click the link below to listen.