HarlemFineArtsThe Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), premier showcase of emerging and celebrated artists of the Black Diaspora, returns to Riverside Church from February 7 – 10, 2013, with a salute to the late Honorable Percy E. Sutton, one of Harlem’s most prominent political, civil rights, and business leaders. This year, HFAS expands to a four-day exposition and will include a series of events and activities. All of the events will take place at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue (between 121st and 122nd Streets) in Harlem.

Since the launch of the Harlem Fine Arts Show in 2009, HFA has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors who have viewed and appreciated the works of numerous inspiring artists. Among the impressive roster of artists are: Dane Tilghman, whose paintings have appeared on TV shows such as “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne,” and have been presented to notables including Ozzie Davis, Nelson Mandela and Bill Cosby; George Nock, distinguished sculptor and former running back for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins; Margerine Gordon, an innovative textile artist who uses recycled fabric to create “Pictorial Quilts”; Michael Escoffery, a Jamaican-born visual artist whose work has been published in over 70 books worldwide and in 9 languages; and Woodrow Nash, a prolific ceramic sculptor whose work reflects a marriage of 15th Century Benin and 18th Century French Nouveau, creating what he has coined “African Nouveau”.

Tickets to the event cost $20 each day for four days or $50 for a weekend pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://hfas.org or call (914) 980-4427. Key event highlights are below. For a full list of events go the HFAS Website.

Opening Night Preview

Thursday, February 7 (6:00 – 10:00 p.m)

The Opening Night Preview salutes the late Honorable Percy E. Sutton, one of the nation’s most prominent black political and business leaders and legal representative for Malcolm X, and features performances by the cast of “Mama, I Want to Sing” and “Motown: The Musical.” The event benefits The Mama Foundation, a foundation for the arts dedicated to present, preserve, and promote gospel, jazz, and the R&B arts.

Fine Art Exhibitions

Saturday, February 9 (11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m)/ Sunday, February 10 (1:00 – 8:00p.m.)