February 24, 2023.
They say if you write about events in your life you can't control, it helps to make them understandable. I cannot tell how all these things happened last week in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, but I know that some wonderful things were hidden from the learned, and revealed to the innocent.
Eternity in our Hearts Art Institute was a guest speaker at the Missouri Reentry Conference 2022 from November 2 to 4. It was a wonderful conference with over 450 people and organizations in the fields of rehabilitation of prisoners and corrections having a chance to network and look into how art helps
Summer/Fall 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022
I am traveling across the United States as the Artist in Residence at such places as Bucknell University in PA, North West Arkansas and the Performing Arts Center in Orange Beach, AL. My Musical is being performed in front of the Painting I made about it.
My Fireflies (AKA "Eternity in our Hearts" in Nigeria and the UK), is a film set in West Africa. Growing up, Ibi loved to catch fireflies. This movie explores how that childhood activity showed him the true meaning of love as an adult. This version is derived from the full length movie released in 2019, and was made at the request of Pennsylvania Firefly Festival(PAFF) and Fireflyers International Network(FIN) to premiere at PAFF on June 27 and World Firefly Day on July 4th and 5th, 2020.
ART IS LIFE! TRY TO BE AMAZED SOMETIMES
... is an artist, ambassador, filmmaker, architect and author who won the first place of a United Nations International Art Competition amongst 61 countries. His paintings are primarily about redemption, peace and love.
"We associate a fall with failure, but I tell you, most things that have ever fallen, became great. Look at the rain! See how it brings life to earth, not by force, but just by falling. We fall in love. Seeds fall to the ground, die and rise again to become powerful trees. Saints fell on their knees to pray, and were lifted up by Grace. So don't be afraid of falling, because at your lowest is where you find greatness!" - Ibiyinka
I am an artist. As a little boy, I enjoyed catching fireflies and looking up at stars. They fascinated me. Whenever I look up to the sky, I made pictures out of stars by connecting the dots in my mind.
I use many different mediums, such as water color, acrylics, oils and tempera. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
E. Bamisaiye Alao, my father, had the sort of majestic presence ascribed to a king. But when he smiled, it was as if a sunrise had blazed through the cracks of his gaped tooth, making his face magnificent. He enjoyed just being himself. Dad is my only hero and he inspired me to be the artist I am.
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Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao
Ibiyinka Art Gallery, Pennsylvania United States
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