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Moving Art: October 2023

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Kasey poses on final day of month. Every week in October, Kasey hosted friends. The main events were 4-overnights for  Fantasy Fest , and our first artist dinner. The main stumbling block continued to be the guest room: allergens & humidity in high pile carpet. Today, we have concrete floors. What The House Taught Me? It's good for a house to be filled every  Sunday ; Wall-to-wall high pile carpet is unhealthy in Florida; Engineered wood flooring is a healthy idea in Florida; When puzzled, ask an architect for answers; and Florida cools off in October (69 degrees).

A&O Acquistions for 2022: Cook, Kehinde, Parnell

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton "Edge of the City" (2009) by Michael Cook Two Jesus-art works stand out among the 13 acquisitions made in 2022 (versus three in 2021 ). They are  Michael Cook's "Edge of the City," a contemporary depiction of the two thieves crucified with Christ, and  Kehinde Wiley's "Death of Saint Joseph," foster father of Jesus, printed onto a basketball. The final religious-themed work was Jay Parnell's “St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan, Spe Salvi.”

A&O Acquisitions for 2021: Amir, Cook, Díaz

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS By Ernest Disney-Britton We purchased one painting the year my mother died. The previous year, we acquired 12 works . The purchased work, “The Key” by Raul Arturo Diaz was acquired a month after mom’s funeral. I needed something to reduce the pain. It didn’t help. There were two other acquisitions that were not purchased in 2021. We are grateful to our dear friend Rishard Allen for the gift print of "The Last Supper" by Atlanta artist  Jalen Amir . Another was a 2020 commission completed in 2021, "Tru: The Bond Stands for All Things" by UK artist  Michael Cook . Mom, Verneida Britton, died on Palm Sunday, March 28, surrounded by family. 

BENEDICTION | NEWS OF WEEK -- Art Climb

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton 2021 Photo: " Art Climb " at Cincinnati Art Museum on August 7, 2021. Photo by Renee (Britton) Johnson of Michael Johnson, Ernest Disney-Britton, Gregory Disney-Britton, and Tambra Smoot climbing to the top. After 13 years, this is our last blog post for Alpha Omega Arts ( 2008 -2021). We are grateful for your fellowship, but it’s time. For what? God knows. What we do know is that a year ago, we celebrated mom’s 82nd birthday, with her, by racing up the nine-story Art Climb at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Today, in her memory, we did it again. In Verneida’s final months, she pushed us to stop “pretending” and to actually go start a new climb. To let go and climb with God. Amen

Collector Verneida Britton Lived Life Her Way

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton Recent photo of Verneida Britton in her living room surrounded by a few of the works she has collected by regional and international artists including her favorite,  Aminah Robinson . Educator, collector, and skydiver, Verneida I. Britton , 82, of Cincinnati, passed away on March 28, 2021, after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, a private family service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery on April 10, but it will be streamed live. Additionally, the  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will hold a private memorial service for docents, with Aminah Robinson 's "RagGonNons" as the backdrop, in recognition of her service as a docent. The family requests that memorial gifts be made by  purchasing a Freedom Center membership.

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK -- Aminah Robinson at the Columbus Museum of Art

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton Vernieda (Mom) Britton stands next to portrait of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson at the entry of Robinson's exhibition, "Raggin' On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson's House and Journals" in Columbus, Ohio Yesterday we were " Raggin' On" at the Columbus Museum of Art with The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson's House and Journals . The exhibition feels like a religious revival via color and texture, just like the life of this MacArthur "Genius" grantee . Mom Britton is fascinated with the larger than life hands -- "They are sacred poses," she told us. Mom acquired her first piece in 1981, and in 2004, became Robinson's "RagGonNon" docent at Cincinnati's Freedom Center. A day with mom's favorite artist makes Aminah  our collector's tip of the week.

A&O Acquisitions 2020

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ALPHA OMEGA ARTS "Crucifixion" by Harmonia Rosales We've been collecting together since 2009, and during this Covid-19 year, we more than doubled our level of collecting ever before. Led by  Luke 12:34 , "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also," we followed our hearts to support visual artists during the pandemic. The 12 acquisitions in 2020 were: