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David Alexander
Robert Small
Russell Small
Dennis Smith
Helen Turner
Lana Talbot
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David Alexander
 
Palaver by David Alexander
  David Alexander was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1946. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and the University of Toronto. Alexander is also a poet and his poems often accompany and compliment his visual works. Alexander's subject range includes Underground Railroad themes and explorations of faith and nature. In 1982 Alexander invented a new aesthetic-based language called Yankahla.

David Alexander has been a professional artist for over 30 years. His hand-painted cards have been presented to Pope John-Paul II and religious leaders
  of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths. Subjects of
hiswork include Underground Railroad themes and explorations of faith and nature. In 1982 Alexander invented a new aesthetic-based language called Yankahla.

For several years he was a participating artist-fellow of the Patmos Workshop and Gallery and later the Alpha Gallery, exhibiting throughout southern Ontario. He is now a high school teacher in Belleville, Ontario and a member of Gallery 121. Alexander currently residents in Stirling, Ontario, and paints in egg tempera, encaustic, oil, and acrylic.
 
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Robert Small
 
Robert Small
  Robert Small was born in Toronto but is an artist with a Windsor connection. Small completed a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Criminology from the University of Windsor. Small was also the Director of the YMCA Black Achievers Program.
Robert Small has been very active in promoting African-Canadian heritage through art. In 1995, Small created the first Official Black History Month Poster. This poster celebrates African-Canadian history and the
  contributions of African-Canadians. Each year
Small’s work is featured on this poster and 10,000 colour prints are distributed across the country. In 2002 Small presented Prime Minister Jean Chrétien with the poster.
 
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Russell Small
 
Russell Small
  Russell Small is a talented photographer in the Windsor area. Small established Rustys Photography in 1994 his photographic studio which provides a wide variety of photographic services. Photographer Rusty Small began collecting art nearly 15 years ago and is now the creator and operator of Gallery Grandeur located at 1675 University Avenue West in Windsor. The gallery, which opened in 2000, is one of the city’s largest independent galleries. Gallery Grandeur is open year-round and specializes in contemporary art by local and internatonial artists including many masks and musical instruments. The gallery collection contains
Click for video clip   more than 400 pieces and the African and Caribbean Art is very extensive and well known in Windsor and Internationally. www.gallerygrandeur.com
 
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Dennis Smith
 
Dennis Smith
  Dennis Smith grew up in Harrow and began a career in art while still in high school. He worked as an apprentice sign painter under commercial and portraiture artist Harry Zellic. He also studied under artists Sergio De Paoli, Bert Weir, Carl Owens and illustrator Bob Monks. Smith attended Ontario College of Arts in Toronto. Smith also conducts art classes in his home studio with an emphasis on “learning to communicate the visual language of art...

Dennis worked with fellow artist Helen Turner to create the Sandwich and Area Black Historical

Figures and Events mural which commemorates African Canadian history in the region (See Historic Sites – murals). Dennis Smith’s recent work features scenes of Essex County. Dennis also devotes time to community projects and a Christian theatre group called W.O.R.D. Ministry. For more information on and video of Dennis Smith click Artist Profile – Dennis Smith

 
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Helen Turner Brown
 
Helen Turner Brown - photo by H. Soulliere
  Helen Turner Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 18, 1939. She moved to the town of Sandwich with her family at the age of five. Helen attended Western Elementary, Forester High School, W.D. Lowe and Bulmer Business College. While a student at Western Elementary school Helen won an art contest which set her on the path of an artists life.

Helen has created many works which highlight African Canadian heritage. She and fellow artist Dennis Smith created the Sandwich and Area Black Historical Figures and Events mural (see above). For more information on Helen Turner Brown please click here for her artist profile.
 
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