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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Nigerian Ambassador for Art to Demonstrate Watercolor Practice at Springfield Art Museum



Springfield, MO. (November 2, 2016) - Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Artist and UN Ambassador for Art and Peace will give a free public program and watercolor workshop, sponsored by Friends of the Springfield Art Museum and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, in the Springfield Art Museum Community Room, located at 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield, MO.

Ibiyinka will be covering two main topics: “Visual Storytelling” and “Art is Frozen Music” which is the idea that art can visually astonish, as in painting, sculpture and architecture, but can also have musical and poetic components of dance, drama, and writing. He will show and discuss five of his paintings, give a short musical demonstration on the African Djembe drum.

Ibiyinka's "Girls and a Greener Environment" was the winner of the 2001 United Nations International Competition. His 2016 painting entitled "Eternity in Our Hearts" was awarded the grand prize for the Kids are Authors contest sponsored by Scholastic, and is the basis for the children's book "Ibi's Fireflies." His paintings have been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Art Center, and the United Nations Headquarters.

In addition to his presentation, Ibiyinka will lead a watercolor workshop where participants will create a small watercolor painting. This workshop is most appropriate for adult artists. Artists will need to bring their own supplies including: watercolors, paintbrushes, 11x14 watercolor paper, drop cloth, and tape.

This event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. To reserve a place call Sandra Letson, President of the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild at (417) 869-7812 or email


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator, 417-874-2859 or

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and was organized in 1996. It is composed of artists of all media and various levels of expertise. They are dedicated to support, educate and develop artists while promoting visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Monthly programs and meetings are free and open to the public. They are held in the Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church. Visit them on line at or on Facebook: 'Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.'

Friends of the Art Museum (FOSAM) was formed in 1982 for the purpose of bringing educational lectures and exhibits to the museum. As an organization, dedicated to furthering artistic education in Springfield, the FOSAM organizes programs and lectures that provide educational support and sponsors the Family Art Lab. Their teams and committees have worked on behalf of the Museum to produce and sponsor over 120 exhibitions, receptions, gallery talks, educational lectures, special fundraising events and function and exhibits to the museum.

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