Any good sports coach knows that to win, you not only have draft the right players, but also put these players in the right position
– where the player is naturally talented. The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting Chairpersons have been busy doing just that – getting the right players in place for their annual February event.
De and Pat Alcorn are pleased to announce Djbril N’Doye as the poster artist for the Friend’s 41st Annual event. Djbril is an internationally recognized artist with work in galleries, homes and businesses throughout West Africa, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Western Europe and Japan.
“Djbril is a Sierra Madre resident, and has exhibited his work at our Friend’s Art Fair for several years “said Pat. “He’s graciously agreed to produce and donate his original art work for our Wine Tasting poster which you’ll soon see around town. And, you can purchase the piece at our silent auction” Pat added.
Born 1953 into the Lebou Tribe in Senegal, West Africa, self-taught N’Doye considers his work to be “universal” art, his style of drawing inspired by sculptures in ebony. Previously working with standard materials such as oils and watercolor, after a half dozen years of experimentation and research, Djbril developed his own distinct technique using only ballpoint pen. After taking the ballpoint pen drawings to a very high level of professionalism, he began using charcoal pencil on larger surfaces to further develop his intensely emotional drawing style. After receiving numerous awards throughout Africa, in 1985, Djbril founded Suunu Artist’s Group in Bargny, his hometown, with the objective of encouraging and developing local artists, painters and writers, to support the Bargny Artist community. After relocating to the USA in 1995, N’Doye has devoted his time to developing his own exhibits. He’s actively participating in a number of Southern California galleries and festivals as well as speaking to students from grammar schools to college.
The always-popular Friends Wine Tasting and Cuisine evening will take place at the Alverno High School Villa, 200 N Michillinda Avenue, on Friday February 18 7:00p – 9:30p. General entry tickets at a cost of $60 will allow entry at 7:00, but Premier admission will allow 100 folk an early entry at 6:00 and include many new surprises. Current paid members of the Friends will receive a $5 discount off general entry when purchased at the library. Beginning mid December, tickets can be purchased at Arnold’s Hardware, The Bottle Shop, Iris Intrigue, and Savor the Flavor. You can also pick up tickets at the Sierra Madre Library, or on-line at sierramadrelibraryfriends.org. In addition to attending one of the social highlights of the year, you’ll enable the Friends to support your library services and programs. This past year The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library provided over $58,000 for equipment upgrades and improvements.