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1. Reginald Policard @ Arturo Sandoval, Vol 1
2. Reginald Policard @ Arturo Sandoval, Vol 2.
3 Mushi Widmaier @ Ciudamar, South Miami
4. Vernissage of Imaginary Land, Real World
5. Jacky & Strings @ Jazz Quest Talent Competitions, Florida Vol 1
6. Haitian American Movie release: "Life Outside of Pearl".
7. Jacky & Strings @ Jazz Fest Quest Talent Competitions, Florida Vol 2
8. Artist Village Association, 1st Gala in N.Y.
9. Culture Festival 2006 @ Battery Park, N.Y.
10. Reginal Policard CD Release @ Habana Jazz, Miami

Vernissage of imaginary Land, Real World
Jul 25, 2008

Photos by Francois Adrien & Rachel Moscoso Denis
Art exhibit benefits children’s foundation

MIAMI — In the midst of adversity in certain regions of Haiti, a distinct ray of hope and purpose illuminates through the fingertips of Haitian artists and painters overseas.

On the evening of July 25, Open Doors boutique launched the Imaginary Land, Real World; Haiti art exhibit, which highlighted 19 artists living in Miami and Haiti. The exhibit will run through the first of September. A total of 42 works were showcased throughout the evening, ranging from contemporary, classical, and traditional form to photo-realistic styles.
A portion of the proceeds from the artwork sales was donated to the At Risk Children Foundation, whose mission is to provide food, clothing, healthcare, educational needs and a home to improve the quality of life of Haiti’s orphaned children.

Stephanie Tyler, owner of the boutique at 7300 Biscayne Boulevard in the Miami Modern district, wanted to partner with an organization that was really invested in the positive growth of Haiti.

“At Risk Children’s Foundation was perfect because it’s a small grassroots foundation here in South Florida and all the contributions go directly to the children. That was important for me,” Tyler told the South Florida Times.

The guests not only had the opportunity to explore different art pieces, contribute to a reputable organization and savor authentic Haitian delights by Chef Alex, but they also enjoyed numerous musical selections by Creole Jazz musician and Latin Grammy-award nominee Reginald Policard.

“I am grateful to be here and perform for this exhibit. Like the artwork, my music puts Haiti in a different and positive light. I wanted to share that with everyone here,” Policard stated.

Ralph Latortue, the counsel general of Haiti, said he couldn’t miss the event, adding that he was very pleased upon his arrival.

“It’s always a great pleasure to attend an event where the Haitian culture is being positively promoted. It’s great to see people who want to learn about Haitian art and even the dynamics of Haitian music, especially with Policard here,” Latortue told the South Florida Times.

The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance assisted the event organizers by reaching out to the 19 artists who exhibited their work. Artist and Haitian native Carl “Carlito” Craig considers himself very lucky to be a part of this exhibition to showcase his pieces. He prides himself in having the vision to make his art reflect the vivid and rich colors of the Caribbean.

In addition to Craig’s, the works by others such as Sophia Lacroix, Emile Dumay and Gabriel Coutard all capture the energy and colors of Haiti. Curator Trisha Brookbank wanted to embody that dichotomy of imagination and reality when she titled the exhibit Imaginary Land, Real World: Haiti.

“I wanted the artwork to signify the artistic vision versus the reality. Each piece captures the bright side of things. You can see in each artwork a sense of optimism as well as the extreme adversity,” Brookbank said.

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Photo by Khary Bruyning. Haitian painter Carl Craig stands beside his painting, “Young Exuberence.”



WHAT: Imaginary Land, Real World: Haiti art exhibition.

WHERE: Open Doors Boutique, 7300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.

WHEN: Through Sept. 1. The boutique’s regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

COST: Free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, visit www.opendoorsmiami.com or call 305-751-1023.

Haitian American Movie Release: " LIFE OUTSIDE OF PEARL".
Jul 17, 2008

Photos by Manny Ardouin & Francois Adrien

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de of Pearl". The movie, featuring notable Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Phat Girlz, and Tears of the Sun) depicts a classic plot where lies and deceptions collide to unravel lives and unearth family secrets.

Life Outside of Pearl is the story of a Haitian-American family adapting to life in the U.S. while trying to maintain their cultural identity. Through individual vignettes, we become familiar with the characters. The family patriarch jack (Rudolph Moise) is a proud man. He drives a cab in the bustling city to provide for his family. With a loving wife and two children he has high expectations. But, things turn sour, when son Jean (Freddie Robinson Jr.) postpones college to pursue other interests. His involvement in illegal activities brings shame and heartache to the family. Mother Ivette, played by prominent Haitian actress, singer, Carole Demesmin, tries to keep the family together as best she can, even turning a blind eye to her husband's infidelity. Young daughter Natalie, played by Natacha Noel, is caught in the middle, striving to impress her father by doing the right thing. Her budding romance is overshadowed by Jean's troubles. The movie climaxes to a tragic end, when caught breaking the law, Jean, is shot by none other than family relative and cousin Marco. Will the family survive the turmoil and hardship?

This movie is sure to change the view of our community, says writer, producer, director Uscla "Johnny" Desarmes, who calls this production a labor of love. It has taken five years and more than half-a-million dollars for this production to make it to the big screen. Shot entirely in 35mm, realizing this movie is a dream come true for Desarmes. He expresses great pride in being able to contribute positively to the Haitian community and its growing industry of young and talented film entrepreneurs

Oasis 2, Grand Premiere Oasis 2 @ the Gusman Theater
May 3, 2009

Photos by Jessie Adrien