Caribbean diaspora festivities focus of paintings in ‘Art of Carnival Exhibit’


A report by Jared McCallister for the New York Daily News.

This weekend’s New York Caribbean Carnival and the city’s vibrant Caribbean community are the backdrop for many other excellent happenings, such as the “Art of Carnival Exhibit NYC” at Medgar Evers College Library in Brooklyn.

The Florida-based Calypso Fine Art Gallery has collaborated with the college to present the second annual exhibit of paintings by Weldon Ryan in the newly designed Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library from Sept. 11 through Sept. 22. Ryan’s work in the exhibition is “an explosion of color, music, revelry and creativity” garnered from Caribbean-American carnivals.

An opening reception will be held on Sept. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As in the past, Ryan will be joining tomorrow’s New York Caribbean Carnival Parade to gain inspiration for future artworks. Richlin Burnett-Ryan — who runs the Daytona Beach area gallery with her husband Weldon — is curator/event manager for the exhibition.

For information on the exhibition, call (386) 206-1441 and visit


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