Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Adams Run, SC offers a rare opportunity for public audiences to view major paintings from the largest privately-held Anti-Slavery Collective Resistance Spiritual Warfare art collections in the United States. Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Adams Run, SC where Rev. Maurice Heyward is the pastor, will host this historic art exhibition and lecture by Gullah Interpretive Realism Painter and Spiritual Warfare lecturer Bro Nizar (Kelvin M. Blufton, Sr.) on August 26, 2018 beginning at 10AM.
Bro Nizar has achieved a rare status among contemporary painters of the Gullah Cultural Art and is recognized by collectors, aficionados of Gullah Art, and his fellow artists as a true master. His paintings reflect a knowledge and appreciation of the history, culture, and spirituality of the early African Americans in colonial America and the Antebellum South. Nizar depicts elements of the collective American history, but applies a contemporary style that brings them to life for a modern audience.
Nizar is sometimes called the “Storyteller of the Gullah People.” His historically accurate paintings are among the most sought after and acclaimed images ever produced of “The Gullah Wars” and “Black Loyalists in The American Revolution” and the “Carolina Cowhunters.” Nizar has been honored with retrospective exhibitions at the Summerville- Dorchester Museum in Summerville, SC, Fort Mose State Park in St. Augustine, Florida and throughout the states of South Carolina and Georgia.
Nizar has been an artist for most of his life. He was born in Charleston, SC, and is a graduate of Baptist Hill High School. He won a scholarship for a 10 week course at the prestigious Gibbes Art Gallery School in 1978. After attending Gibbes, he won scholarships to The Art Institute of Atlanta and The Art Institute of Chicago but instead of enrolling, he entered into the US Army. After serving 3 years in the US Army he served 22 years in law enforcement in South Carolina, currently serving as parliamentarian in the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association.
His work has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards, including Best of Show, 1st Place, Mayors Choice Awards and Honorable Mentions.
Nizar is not just a talented artist but also an engaging story teller. A strong narrative is embedded in each of his paintings as they present the early African and Gullah struggle for survival. Implicit in this exhibition is the plight of the Kidnapped Africans and Gullah People. Nizar captures the images of lesser known heroes while highlighting the tragic disappearance of an authentic Gullah Cultural Thought and Behavior. His focus is not solely on the historical accuracy of his paintings, but on rendering the stories of the Gullah Quest for freedom and Liberty for all.
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