Today’s post is a guest post and it’s from a very dear friend. Not too long ago I shared my JaFleu painting collection with you and I mentioned that Jason was taking a bit of a break. Well today he is here to tell you guys about a project that is very near and dear to him. Introducing, Exhibit Treal. I hope you guys take a minute and read and share this. I’m so amazed by the person that he is.
Jason: Now I know what some of you are thinking “Is this some kind of publicity stunt? This guy can’t possibly be retiring is he?” I assure this is nothing of the sort. This is simply allowing God to work and going with the flow. This is about evolution. And that leads us to this moment, the exit from painting.
Well, it’s more like a sabbatical. It’s been rather remarkable how far in life I’ve come by using a paintbrush. But I’m burnt out from it. And before I end up having some disdain for art, I need to back up and concentrate on other things. And with that said….. Enter “Exhibit Treal”.
The one thing in these years I’ve learned to know I loved most, even beyond art is helping other artists and the community. So I’m channeling all of my focus to the non-profit I’m branding under Exhibit Treal.
Exhibit Treal is about providing opportunities for artists who otherwise have a hard time getting shots. Exhibit Treal will be mostly focusing on black artists in Palm Beach County. Being one myself, I first hand fully understand that battle. In addition, I think it’s important to provide a voice for those in need with the platform I have.
And that extends pass just visual arts but all of them. It’s about exhibiting the trealness in all forms. So if it’s treal, you better believe we are showing the love. One thing Exhibit Treal will never do though is speak negatively about artist. If it isn’t treal, we just don’t acknowledge it. Life is too short and people’s art mean too much to them to send any bad vibes their way. Not everything is for everybody.
Community is the heartbeat of what Exhibit Treal is. Long before it had a title, long before I curated group shows I used art as a vehicle to give back and do positive things for the people. That’s just how I was raised, rather it be raising funds for community projects, food/toy drives, collections for Haiti, donating 100% of my sales to various organizations. It’s continuously been about the greater good and not the profit.
So in the most simplistic breakdown possible “Ain’t no one man above the crew” as Raheem puts it in the movie “Juice”. The true measure of a man isn’t to me what accolades he garners for himself but what he can do for others through that. Else it’s all for not.
With all that said: Be safe, Keep what you kill & Stay Treal
If you would like to sponsor Exhibit Treal feel free to contact is.