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Chicago artists hold benefit for Haitian arts center

"Mirielle", 16 x 20", acrylic on canvas
"Mirielle", 16 x 20", acrylic on canvas
Arthur Wright

Chicago's artists and arts patrons alike will join forces in River North at Nicole Gallery, 230 W. Huron, from 4 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29, 2010 to salute the indomitable spirit of
Haiti and to raise money for what was once the country's premiere arts center.


Haitian gallery owner Nicole Smith gained an appreciation for art as a young woman at Le Centre d'Art de Port au Prince.
's sole arts center was totally decimated by the earthquake. "We will do what we can to help restore the building, but unfortunately many of the original works inside were irreplaceable," explained Smith. Fortunately for us Chicagoans, some of
’s favorite artists have donated works to be sold at the benefit.
Dayo, Felicia Grant Preston, Juarez Hawkins, Marva Jolly, Melvin King, Joyce Owens, Shyvette Williams and Arthur Wright, are a few of the artists who had donated works at press time.


A silent auction, featuring the works of famed collage artist Allen Stringfellow and renowned Haitian painter Fritz Millevoix, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Event patrons will be treated to live music, traditional Haitian dance and refreshments. The fundraiser continues through the weekend, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. For more information about the benefit, call
NicoleGallery at 312-787-7716.


“Artists for Haiti/Chicago”is curated by Candace Hunter, who has also donated a work to the cause.


Le Centre d’Art was founded in 1944 by American-born watercolorist DeWitt Peters  and featured the works of some of Haiti’s most renowned artists, including Philmoné Obin, Rigaud Benoit, Hector Hyppolite and Montas Antoine.




  • appacom 5 years ago

    Kudos to Chicago artists. Well-written article.

  • 5 years ago

    Nicely written, folks will enjoy the works they collect for a cause so needed.

  • jasongeezmom 5 years ago

    Very informative and well written article.

  • Paulie6231 5 years ago

    Wow! Very informative. Thank you so much for such an informative and well written article.

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