Rhinold Ponder's "Gotta Believe" Art Exhibit and Celebration
Artist Rhinold Ponder celebrates his transition from full-time lawyer to artist and writer at a one-day art exhibit on August 6, 2016, 1pm-6pm at the Princeton Arts Council Pop-Up Art Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center. The reception is scheduled from 4-6. Food, wine, raffles and provocative artwork and dialogue. Art work is for sale as Ponder empties his studio for the abundance of new work he expects to create.
For nearly 30 years, Ponder has served as an attorney. While practicing law, according to Ponder, he could “feel the pull of art and the need to live his life more creatively” as his primary career focus. Ponder’s artistic journey began as a child in Chicago as a national award winning art student in Chicago before turning his full attention to obtaining advanced degrees in law, journalism and African American Studies, graduating from Princeton, Boston and New York Universities. Moved by the recent events around social justice and violence, Ponder felt it now was the time to act. He said, “The call from my artistic passion had become so loud and persistent that I could no longer ignore that inner voice encouraging me to get back to writing and painting. The voice kept saying “to change the world, change yourself first.” I am surrendering to, no, I am believing that inner voice as it tells me create, share and prosper. I believe.” Ponder has been successfully painting and exhibiting his work throughout New Jersey since 2002 when he ended a 25-year hiatus from painting and cartooning. While his works draw on a number of themes and a range of styles, most of his paintings focus on humanity’s faith and will to overcome adversity.
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