The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce that artist Gale Fulton Ross will be a featured guest at its Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 12, at research giant Nielsen in Oldsmar.
Fulton Ross has developed a far-reaching reputation for creating compelling designs on canvas for more than four decades. Her internationally exhibited works have been praised by critics and coveted by collectors.
She is an African-American artist living and working in Sarasota, who has an amazing story of her life. Her paintings are a unique blend of the black experience, ranging from high-profile commissioned work to the abstract.
Fulton Ross will be in attendance along with several of her original pieces, including her acclaimed “My Sojourner Truth.” Her work will be featured during the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m.
WEDU’s documentary “Diamonds Along the Highway: Baby Artist: The Gale Fulton Ross Story’’ is a finalist for this year’s media awards.
A dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m., which will include a conversation with Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew. The emcee will be Tampa Bay Times columnist and editor Ernest Hooper.
TBABJ also will present thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism, along with awards to area journalists and media outlets that have excelled in covering people of color.
Tickets for the event are $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students and $300 for a table of eight. They can be purchased using the secure PayPal feature at www.tbabj.com.
Sponsors for the event are Nielsen, Helios Education Foundation, Tucker/Hall, Tampa Bay Times, United Way Suncoast and Vistra Communications.
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