Books containing compelling narrative writing combined with appealing fine art by a single creative individual are rare. That makes the forthcoming nonfiction narrative collection by Aberjhani, titled "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah" (ISBN 978-9388125956), Cyberwit.net Publishers) as well as the artwork from it featured here at Fine Art America/Pixels.com, highly collectible. In addition, the rarity makes them likely to continue increasing in value.
The images in the book are black and white versions of color prints which may be viewed by clicking here: Art from and Inspired by Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah
Previous announcements concerning a book including art by Aberjhani stated it would be one of art and poetry titled "Incandescent Wonder," so the news regarding "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah" took some by surprise.
"The inclusion of my art and photography in Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah surprised me as well," said the artist-author, "but I've been working on the narrative part of this title for a decade and have been posting updates about it on Facebook and my primary website for the past two years. The art and photography help complete the book in a lot of ways I never expected. I'm glad for the inspiration that prompted me to include it."
The recently-posted art titled "Historic Triumph of Dr. Abigail Jordan" corresponds with the 2019 update of the story in DREAMS titled "The Bridge and the Monument: A Tale of Two Legacies." Aberjhani was in the process of completing edits for the book when he learned Dr. Jordan, who for a decade led efforts to erect the famous African-American Family Monument on River Street in Savannah, had passed in January. She is one of three people to whom the new book is dedicated.
"Learning about Abigail Jordan's passing was quite a shock because so little upon her death was done to publicly acknowledge this great woman whose devotion to eradicating racism and promoting cultural literacy in Savannah has blessed the city so much. The unveiling of the monument in 2002 made headlines around the world. How media in the city neglected to properly acknowledge Jordan's passing is somewhat mystifying but hopefully we will correct that by adding her name more prominently to the monument itself in the form of a plaque or historical marker."
Pre-sales for the first limited edition of "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah," due out May 1, 2019, are currently available for ordering here:
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One of the top stories of 2015 was when when the internationally-acclaimed artist Luther E. Vann won the Telfair Museum Juneteenth Artist of the Year Award on June 13 at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia.
The award was presented as part of the museum’s observation of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The annual event is celebrated in communities throughout the United States in recognition of both the official end of slavery in America upon the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the date of June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned for the first time that they had been freed two and a half years earlier.
Cultural historian and tour guide Vaughnette Good-Walker, who has been organizing Juneteenth Jubilee celebrations in Savannah for nearly a decade, noted that it is particularly appropriate for residents of the city to participate in the celebrations. Savannah, she pointed out, is where Civil War General William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15 to offer newly-freed African Americans a form of reparation commonly referred to as “40 Acres and a Mule.” Goode-Walker might well have added that just a few blocks east of where she spoke was Wright Square, where sales of slaves used to take place every month in Savannah
A Portrait of the Artist
In her comments on why Vann was chosen as the Telfair Museum’s Juneteenth Artist of Year, Goode-Walker noted his innovative use of unconventional tools (such as chopsticks) to create some of his most striking paintings. “How many of you know artists who could pull that off?” she asked. Goode-Walker also pointed that Vann, who grew up in both Savannah and New York City, is among only a handful of living artists who studied his craft with such renowned Harlem Renaissance talents as Charles Alston and others of the famous period (now approaching its 100th anniversary).
Following her own remarks, Goode-Walker turned the microphone over to members of the audience who wished to share personal stories about the impact of the artist’s work on their lives. Noted radio personality Ike Carter (of Savannah State University’s WHCJ radio station) told how Vann had expressed to him that one of the reasons he felt he could remain in Savannah, after moving back to the city in the early 1990s, was that he had heard Carter play music by the famed jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Retired educator Julie Rittmeyer spoke of working with Vann on a quilting project for which the artist’s work was chosen for a special exhibition.
While commenters shared stories about Vann, a power-point presentation of his work showed on the screen behind them. Most were from the artist’s book of visual works with ekphrastic poetry titled ELEMENTAL the Power of Illuminated Love. Among these were several canvases currently owned by the Telfair Museum of Art.
In addition to those who spoke about Vann, distinguished audience members included fellow artist Amiri Geuka Farris (who was also on hand for a demonstration of his own notable genius) the celebrated percussionist David Pleasant, artist Suzanne Jackson, artist Jerome Meadows, cultural arts advocate Gwen Glover Starks, and numerous others.
Vann himself, then 77, had been battling a persistent illness for the past two years and was unable to attend the award presentation. Jepson Center officials announced that for this reason they would deliver it after the program to his home in West Savannah. However, they did display the engraved crystal plaque long enough for the audience to view and take photos of it.
The complete Juneteenth celebration at the Jepson Center for the Arts lasted for a solid entertainment-filled three hours. Among the headliners was Mitchell G. Capel, also known as “Gran’Daddy Junebug,” celebrated for his powerful interpretations of poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar and for his original tribute poetry commemorating Barack Obama’s presidency.
Cultural preservationist Queen Quet, acknowledged as the “Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation,” performed a story of Juneteenth liberation in her native Gullah dialect. The director of Geechee Kunda, Jim Bacote, gave a presentation on the Geechee culture in the state of Georgia. And Dr. Amir Jamal Toure, known on stage as “The African Spirit” shared little-known historical facts about African Americans from Savannah who have made substantial contributions to local and national history.
2015 Bright Skylark Literary Productions