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Weldon Ryan Exhibit

 Visual Arts Gallery June 20, 2012

The Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center at Bethune-Cookman University is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the public.  Funding for this gallery space comes, in part, from the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program.  This Grant Program was approved by the voters of Volusia County and funds capital projects for Environmental, Cultural, Historical, and Outdoor Recreation in Volusia County.
This non-profit organization's mission is to bring cultural awareness to everyone by making known the many talented artists in the Daytona Beach area and surrounding communities through their exhibit opportunities.  This region includes more than 250 artists and patrons.

B-CU Features Weldon Ryan as Artist-In-Residence

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- The Bethune-Cookman University Visual Arts Gallery is featuring a new artist-in-residence. The works of Weldon Ryan will be unveiled at a public opening and reception on Friday, June 29 from 6-8 pm. in the Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Ryan's art is a fusion of many styles. He uses textures,  color and realistic renderings of his subjects to create a unique interpretation. Ryan will attend the reception to discuss his art and greet visitors.

Ryan was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and arrived at age six in the Bronx, New York, where he spent most of his childhood. With his mother's encouragement, he pursued an art education. Ryan graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1977, the State University of New York (New Paltz), and later the Fashion Institute of Technology. Before retiring in 2004 and relocating to Palm Coast, Fla., he served for 15 years as a police officer and sketch artist with the New York Police Department (NYPD). Throughout his years in public service, Ryan painted vigorously in his studio in the B.U.M.B.O art district in Brooklyn. Several of his commercial illustrations graced the cover and pages of various magazines.

Ryan has exhibited his work at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bronx River Art Center, the Salmagundi Art Club, the Harlem State Office Building, One Police Plaza, the Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center, the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, the Flagler County Art League, the Hollingsworth Gallery, and the Fulton Street Art Fair. Among his accomplishments, Ryan has appeared on "The Ricki Lake Show"and his art has been shown on "The Geraldo Rivera Show," CNN, and was featured in Nickelodeon Magazine.

His clients have included Spring 3100 magazine (a NYPD publication), Thompson Financial, Investment Dealer Digest, Mergers and Acquisitions magazine, Rich and Well Graphics, Bromsonart Institute, Soccer Jr. magazine, the New York City Parks Dept. Pelham Nature Center, Marie Claire magazine, and "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.
Ryan's art has found a home in Palm Coast at the Secca Tree Studio, where he works and exhibits his works at the Hollingsworth Gallery. He has served as the president of the Flagler County Art League and, in 2011, Ryan was honored by the Gargiulo Art Foundation as the Flagler County Artist of the Year. The Visual Arts Gallery at Bethune-Cookman University is open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funding for this gallery space comes, in part, from the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program.

For more information on this art exhibit or the gallery, please call (386) 481-2774.

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