Local artist to host Caribbean-themed virtual exhibits


Weldon Ryan is playing out his story, making strides in cyberspace despite the coronavirus attack.

The artist, a former Flagler County Art League president, joined artisans through Robert Shirk showcasing “Men Painting Women Art Exhibit.”

Your eyes will focus on stellar female forms, depicted differently by artists Wilson Romero, Leonardo Montoya Perez, Weldon Ryan, Herbie Martin, and Robert Shirk.

That’s happening through Aug. 21, Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the downtown Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Blvd., Orlando.

Recently, Ryan rid himself of his studio to work on line from home.

“I’ve also been working to get my social media with my YouTube channel going for people who enjoy my work,” said Trinidad-born Ryan, who mostly grew up in the Bronx.

Design school to crime sketches

Ryan’s popularity has grown since graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 and attending the State University of New York at New Paltz. He later received an associate degree in general illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

He freelanced before landing an Urban Park Ranger’s job in 1987, painting murals for the New York City Parks Department at Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center, and afterwards joining the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Ryan’s sketches were the poster child for rounding up crooks after his assignment to the NYPD Forensic Artist Unit.

“Doing the forensic work – and the sketches of perpetrators of crime – as you sit there, and speak with individuals, who have suffered a loss, you actually form a bond, and you feel their pain and emotions,” he said.

Virtual carnival

Meanwhile, “we trademarked ‘the art of Carnival,’ between Richlin and myself,” he added

His wife, Richlin, an art director and graphic artist, is the mother of the duo’s two children. They’ve changed their status arriving in Palm Coast in 2004.

“There’s not any art related to carnival, except for mine – as far as I know – depicting the Caribbean side of things, and the way I do it, my realism,” he stressed. “Although his artwork is realistically illustrative, he allows for a bit of serendipity,” reads his vitae.

“We’re trying also to work on the New York carnival; they are doing a virtual carnival,” he added. Members of “The Orlando Carnival downtown were also kind and brought us into their family.”

TV and exhibits

A 36 x 48 oil on canvas features Ammo


The artist has actualized his dreams through art, and appeared on the “Ricki Lake Show,’’ the “Geraldo Rivera Show,’’ CNN, and in the April 1999 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine.

He’s treaded shoring up exhibits at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bronx River Art Center, the Harlem State Office Building, One Police Plaza, in addition to the Fulton Street Art Fair, the Flagler County Art League, the Hollingsworth Gallery, Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, and other venues.

“I forgot to mention Calypso Fine Art, that’s our online site where we also want to do a virtual art show. The art of carnival we must keep that going,” he explained, while highlighting that the announcement will appear in September.

The images featured on CalypsoFineArt.com accommodate a dynamic spot for cultural exploration.

Rock favorite hat at Virtual Tea Party

Dominica Kerchief is the subject of
this 24 x 30 oil on canvas.

You are invited to a delightful Virtual Tea Party, July 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ladies 20 to 100 years old are invited to tune in for fellowship, fun, and a hat-fashion contest.

So, wear your favorite hat. Three awards will be granted.

It’s the “Sacred Sip and Say,” hosted by First Lady Karen Wilkerson of St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Bunnell.

First Lady Carol Coffie of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast will be topping the headlines.

So, Zoom into the party at Meeting ID: 84152653839. Passcode: 325710.


As I am taking a hiatus through mid-September, I wish the best to all of my readers.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthdays wishes to the Rev. Cheryl Daniels, July 30; Annette Preston, July 31;
twins Alexis and Alana Williams, Ernest G. Robinson Jr., Aug. 2; Almedia Quarterman, Aug. 3; Gloria Major, Shirley Horne, and Carolyn Snow, Aug. 4.



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