Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Atlanta welcomed NYC’s Harlem Fine Art Show (HFAS) with open arms this weekend. The three-day event, held in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival, took center stage in the atrium of the historic 200 Peachtree Building. This inaugural show featured some of the ATL’s finest including Kevin O’Keith, Reginald Laurent and September Gray.

The show kicked off with a VIP Reception on Thursday evening where figurative expressionist Louis Delsarte received The Visual Arts Award. It’s given annually to an individual whose work has positively impacted communities through public art, community partnerships and philanthropic service to others. He also picked up Atlanta’s coveted Phoenix Award, which is the city’s highest honor.

“Louis Delsarte is an influential artist and humanitarian within the arts community and while his work beautifully portrays the African American experience, its universal themes appeal to all races and cultures,” explains Dion Clarke, founder of the Harlem Fine Arts Show. As a painter, muralist, teacher and humanitarian, Delsarte is extremely deserving of our 2014 Visual Arts Award.”

Other honorees included Wells Fargo Senior VP, Candy Moore, who received the Arts & Economics Award, The Atlanta Music Cares Project for its contribution to arts and education and The Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery for their outstanding work with the Shepard Center’s Project SHARE, art therapy for Spinal Cord Recovery.

The evening was hosted by WXIA’s Demarco Morgan, Frank Wiley of CBS 46 and Debb Moore of Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Musical entertainment was provided by Anonymous Da Band.

Check out a few pics below:

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 Art patrons enjoying the beautiful sights


 Anonymous Da Band provided cool sounds

Black Art

 Living Dolls by Phyllis Stephens

Black Life

 Charley Palmer originals

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 Hosts Demarco Morgan from WXIA and WCLK’s 91.9’s Debb Moore

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 Harlem Fine Arts Show founder Dion Clarke and Atlanta rep, Kyion Williams 

Debb and Frank Wiley

Co-hosts, Debb Moore and Frank Wiley


Atlanta Music Cares Project’s Dantes Rameau & Aisha Bowden

Delsart Family

 Delsarte holding Phoenix Award with his family

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Waterkoulors Fine Art

Board Chairs

HFAS Atlanta Honorary Chairs – Erwin Carter, Charmaine Ward and Fulton County Chairman John Eaves

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 “Friends” by  Nnamdi Okonowo

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCorenelius.com