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The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts and Gallery 85 open new exhibit

“The Journey” – celebrating the African American experience

[San Jose, CA – February 25, 2014] – The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts and Gallery 85 are hosting an eight-week art exhibit honoring and celebrating the African American experience. The exhibit will be up and open to the public from February 27th through April 24th. The exhibit will include the work of 24 San Francisco Bay Area artists who explore different paths of the African American experience in a themed art exhibit called, “The Journey.” The exhibit opens this Thursday, February 27th at 6pm. There will be a wine and cheese reception as well as live entertainment that include African drumming students from the local Starting Arts organization.  “Art has the capacity to engage its viewers through aesthetics, but also to teach about the past through its subject and content,” says NFL Pro-Bowl tight end Vernon Davis, founder of Gallery 85. “Our hope is that this exhibit helps honor and celebrate a part of the journey that African-Americans have taken and help share the story about the past, present, and future that surrounds the African-American experience,” he adds. For more information regarding Gallery 85 and “The Journey” art exhibit please see below.

The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts

The VDFA was created by artist, athlete, and philanthropist Vernon Davis to promote art education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The VDFA fulfills its mission by providing scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to deserving nonprofit programs who share in their ideals.


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Gallery 85 is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 7pm, and closed on Mondays. The exhibit opening reception will be hosted on February 27th from 6-9PM. For more information and press photographs please contact Patrick Powell (contact info. below).

“The Journey”

Originally from Ghana, Journey artist Nanna-Dicta Graves now lives, works and exhibits her art in the San Francisco Bay area. She is one of the pre-eminent women working in mosaic art today and has developed her own very personalized and independent style. Her work has been commissioned and exhibited locally as well as nationally and internationally and has been endorsed by former first lady of California, Maria Shriver.

The Samuel Renaissance piece for “The Journey” exhibit crosses between the borders of abstraction and figuration. The subject of his portrait is the iconic, historical figure Frederick Douglass, but Renaissance’s palette is bold and modern. “I look at what I do as capturing the time we’re in,” he says.

Nicholas Motley was born in Philadelphia but now lives and works in the Bay Area. Motley is a muralist so his paintings on canvas tend also to be large-scale with bold tones of acrylic but have the feel of watercolor. On view for the exhibit, will be works from his Olympics series as well as a recent sculpture called, “Breaking the Chains of Freedom.”


For press inquiries, please contact:

Patrick Powell


ppowell@invictussports.com ; 323-819-9603

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kevin.mclaughlin@bwr-pr.com ; 212-901-3950

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