DBO Gallery

The mission of DBO Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art, artists and our role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The gallery stimulates active learning about art, the value of it and the creative process. We do this through workshops, art talks for artists, students, collectors and the general public. The gallery strives to not only exhibit works from current established artist but to also educate, encourage and provide studio space to up and coming creators of all ages. DBO Gallery’s intent is to impact our community and to stimulate positive change and growth.

DBO GALLERY PRESENTS THE CREATIVE CIRCLE

THE CREATIVE CIRCLE

THE CREATIVE CIRCLE IS THE PART OF DBO GALLERY THAT BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CREATE AND LEARN IN A FUN AND SAFE ENVIROMENT. WE OFFER THINGS SUCH AS COUPLES, BALLROOM DANCING, PRIVATE ART LESSONS, ART WORKSHOPS AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES THE GROUP PAINT AND SIP CLASSES

Art and Attitude

DBO’S GALLERY PRESENTS

Welcome to Art and Attitude! We bring BYOB Paint & Sip art classes to Downtown Clarksville, offering guided classes to people of all skill levels.

Art and Attitude classes are always in a relaxed, social setting. An experienced artist guides the class step-by-step through replicating each night’s featured painting. The process is easy, fun and totally stress-free. All art supplies are included. Many attendees find our classes a therapeutic and convenient way to tap into their creative side.

Our classes are perfect for beginners, so grab your friends, co-workers, fly solo or plan a unique date night. BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or Bottle of wine/champagne) to any class! Seating is limited so reserve your seats! Tickets are $35 per person.

Looking to throw a creative get-together? Our classes are great for all kinds of events, parties and team building workshops.

Come check out Art and Attitude, we promise you will not be disappointed!

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Homeless Youth Awareness

#Homeless Youth Series

DBO Gallery
106 N. Second Street | Clarksville, TN 37043 1 – 30 November 2020
Exhibition opens: 5 November, 5-9pm info@draftsbyola.com

PAINTINGS EXHIBITION TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS CRISIS

A collection of 12 arresting paintings by ​Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun ​will go on display at DBO Gallery in Clarksville, TN next month, to bring awareness to the homeless youth pandemic currently happening on an international scale.

#Homeless Youth Series​ comprises striking black and white portraits and vignettes that were inspired by Aka-Bashorun’s own encounters, and by photographs by artists like Lee Jeffries. Each painting (composed with acrylic and graphite) is accompanied by a poem written either by adults who were forced to live on the streets at an early age, or by Aka-Bashorun himself, and which further sheds light on the paralyzing loneliness and damaging isolation experienced by homeless youth. T-shirts, calendars and prints will be available for purchase as part of the exhibition, with proceeds going to Oasis Center, a local non-profit working to decrease the pandemic.

The current statistics for youth homelessness are staggering: in the United States alone, recent figures place at 1.3 million the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Young people aged 12-17, in particular, are more at risk of homelessness than adults, with social and demographic factors as varied as race and sexual identity. Horrifyingly, over 60% of homeless youth suffer from various forms of abuse, an experience which will drastically impact the rest of their life.

Under Aka-Bashorun’s brushstrokes, these statistics become direct depictions of what homelessness looks like in real life. ​At Nine​ (48 x 36in), one of the most arresting paintings in the exhibition, was directly inspired by a young girl the artist met in Mexico. Painted in a begging position, with her hands in her lap, the child looks even younger and vulnerable for the way she is looking up at the viewer. Aka-Bashorun himself wrote the accompanying poem, here shown directly on the painting. Starting with ​“I met you when you were nine”​, it details the harrowing events and living conditions the little girl has already faced in her young life. Previously exhibited in the DAC’s Annual Regional Juried Art exhibition in Clarksville, TN in 2017, ​At Nine​ won the ‘Best Work’ award.

As well as highlighting details, Aka-Bashorun’s choice of monochromatic colors further emphasizes the various issues surrounding youth homelessness. The black and white colors mirror the way public perception still fails to understand the complexity of the crisis — for instance with the widespread stereotypes of homeless people as drug addicts and runaway menaces. Similarly, the softer nuances of the graphite reflect some of the factors leading to homelessness, like mental illness and neglect, and which Aka-Bashorun describes as “the gray areas we never see”.

As well as portraits, Aka-Bashorun’s ability to impact his audience through the depiction of a simple detail — in this case, a pair of hands — is evident in ​Invisible​. By playing with the roughness of plywood as the support material, and the way the paint catches on its surface, Aka-Bashorun focuses on the subject’s rough skin and broken fingernails. The author of the poem for ​Invisible​ describes being ignored by passers-by; the last line simply reads ​“You need to look at me because it’s love that I need”​.

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun commented on the exhibition: ​“I think artists are here to change the world. Art, for me, is more than creating aesthetic images; it’s about solving the problems of today. I am very proud to be working with a local homeless nonprofit for this exhibition, and I hope it will significantly contribute to bringing awareness to the youth homelessness crisis.”

#Homeless Youth Series ​is a travelling exhibition that has previously been shown in the UK as well as the US.

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun​ was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1987 and raised in Edmond, OK. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art and Family Psychology. Aka-Bashorun’s paintings have garnered several awards, including ‘Best Work’ at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, OK in 2011. Some of his previous bodies of work have focused on abstract and cityscape views, as well as contemporary portraiture. He runs the DBO Gallery at two sites in Nashville and Clarksville, TN and frequently partners with nonprofit organizations supporting people in need. Aka-Bashorun lives and works in Clarksville, TN.

The Art of Giving

One part of DBO Gallery’s multi-layered mission is to create unique efforts to assist non-profit organizations within our communities.

The Art of Giving is an upscale live auction event that features hand-selected artists, both new and established. In addition to the live art auction, the event will feature live music, a live painting, an open bar and catered d’oeuvres by local restaurants, wineries and breweries, to include: Blackhorse Brewery, Beachaven Winery, Yada on Franklin, Sora, Strawberry Alley Ale Works, and more. 

The fundraising event will benefit United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. United Way is a non-profit organization that advocates for the education, health, financial stability of citizens in our community. Fifty percent of each auction sale will go to support United Way’s 30+ non-profit agency partners.

“Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath. Happy creating.”—M.F. Ryan

LOCATIONS

DBO Gallery
Nashville, TN

DBO Gallery
Clarksville, TN