Great times for a great cause
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula unveiled the commissioned artwork - "It's All About Love" - amid ooo's and aaah's on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News. The piece was commissioned to represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula, all it does and the people it touches.
Prints of the original and signed by the artist are available for purchase here. Prints are $75 each, plus $15 for shipping and handling. All prints will be shipped unframed and unmatted. Big Brothers Big Sisters receives 100 percent of the cost of the print.
Big Brothers Big Sisters commissioned nationally renowned artist Larry “Poncho” Brown to draft the piece. Twelve other original pieces of Brown’s will be on display for three weeks at Downing-Gross; the exhibit is free and open to the public during the facility’s normal business hours.
Brown, is a native of Baltimore, Md., and started his first business at the age of 17 as a sign writer. He has been a full-time artist since. His art, both fine and commercial, has been published nationally in Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet magazines. In February 1999, his art was featured in the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Textile Series No. 2 book entitled “Wrapped In Pride.” His popular works have been prominently featured on several TV shows and movies including “Soulfood,” “The Wire,” “A Different World,” “In The House” and “Avalon.” His work adorns the walls of the likes of Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory and Anita Baker.
Admirers often site rhythm, movement and unity as favorite elements in his work. He primarily works in acrylic, although he uses a variety of mediums and styles to express his interests in Afrocentric themes, Ancient Egyptology and dance. Poncho's unique style combines past and present art stylizations to create a sense of realism, mysticism, and beauty, which gives his art universal appeal. "My creations are a reflection of my personal values and pay homage to ongoing themes of unity, family, and spirituality,” he said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula is a non-profit organization and has offered one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1979 in which a volunteer provides guidance and friendship to a child who needs a positive adult relationship outside of the child’s family. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers its services to those in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Hampton and Newport News.