BY JAMES HARPER
The artwork of Weldon Ryan will be on display starting July 26 at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach.
An opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m.
Ryan’s artwork will replace Anthony Armstrong, who was the first artist to have his work on display at the center, which opened to the public last month. A closing reception for Armstrong is scheduled for Friday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the center.
Ryan was born in Trinidad and Tobago and arrived to the U.S. at age six in the Bronx, New York, where he spent most of his childhood.
Former NYPD sketch artist
According to his website, he pursued an art education with his mother’s encouragement.
He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1977, the state University of New York (New Paltz) and later the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Before retiring in 2004 and relocating to Palm Coast, he served for 15 years as a police officer and sketch artist with the New York Police Department.
Ryan also painted in his studio in the B.U.M.B.O art district in Brooklyn. Several of his commercial illustrations were on the cover and pages of various magazines.
Ryan’s art is a representation of his life experiences.
“Even though his artwork is somewhat realistic, he allows for a bit of serendipity. He is engaged in the use of texture as well as the use of color,” the website states.
Ryan has exhibited at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bronx River Art Center, The Salmagundi, Harlem State Office Building in New York City and various other sites.
He has appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show’’ for his artistic skills and his art has been shown on “The Geraldo Rivera Show’’ and CNN.
For more information about the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden center, located in Daytona Beach at 1000 Vine St., call 386-671-5780.