Visual Artist, D. Lammie-Hanson Celebrates 25 years of Essence Fest with 25 Cele

Posted by Donald Hood on May 29th, 2019

1888 Press Release - Autodidactic Visual Artist, D. Lammie-Hanson, Creates 25 Celebrity Portraits with the 500 year old technique, Silverpoint to Celebrate Essence Festival's Silver Anniversary in New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA - Visual artist D. Lammie-Hanson has created a new series that the world has never seen before. Her stunning new silverpoint series "Dared to Be... A Silverpoint Soulful Experience" will be unveiled on Friday July 5th, 2019 at the Salon Artist in Residence @ Canal Place/the Arts Council of New Orleans, 333 Canal St. 2nd Flr. New Orleans, LA 70130. This solo art show is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Essence Music Festival. The opening reception starts at 6 pm.

The "Dared to Be" series in which Lammie-Hanson created specifically for the 25th anniversary of Essence Festival in New Orleans, will be unveiled in New Orleans during Essence Fest. weekend.

This event will have three components.
First component is the artwork.

The second one is that guests are invited to wear their best white attire to reflect onto the 500 year old Silverpoint technique that is executed and displayed as a collection of Black contemporary silverpoint portraits.

The third component requests that the guest video tap themselves walking around each piece of art and watching the portraits respond to their presence.

This is called "the Silverpoint Soulful Experience." The guests will be interacting with the silverpoint likenesses of Alicia Keyes, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott to name a few.

Lammie-Hanson, who has a huge admiration of Da Vinci and his techniques and skills, loved the idea of dark skin represented in precious metals. She creates each piece with 3 silver (.999) wires of different gauges, homemade grounds in black acrylic for the silver and a reflective light. When she discovered that 2019 was the 25th anniversary of Essence Fest, she felt that it was the perfect opportunity to create a body of work of music icons who inspire people because they "Dared To Be...". "There is only one Silver Anniversary, I am a Woman of Color, I create in Silver and I live in New Orleans. It is a no brainer!", says D. Lammie-Hanson. In truth, this is a one of a kind art show. All of the portraits will be conceptually designed and executed in pure silver.

Lammie-Hanson is an autodidactic American artist who is known for her contemporary expressionistic portrait paintings. She is one of a handful visual artists of color as well as a female artist of color who draws with precious metals. Her emphasis is primarily on the psyche of the silenced individual. Lammie-Hanson’s iconic "One Eye Tulips" series is a vivid expression of this idea. Her very moving series addressing colorism called "The Beauty Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Test" celebrates the beauty of dark skinned people who have been denied privileges in the Black community based on their deep dark melanin.

As a professional artist, Lammie-Hanson has exhibited in Geneva, Switzerland, Berlin, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Chicago. She held the position of Artist of the Year for Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM DanceAfrica 2007 in Brooklyn. She was the 2017 New Orleans regional winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series. She has self-published two books based on her the first 20 years of her art career called "The Painting the Invdiual Psyche" and "The World of the One Eyed Tulips". Both available on

In New Orleans, Lammie-Hanson has shown with the LeMieux Galleries, Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In Alabama she has shown at the GW Carver Museum in Dothan, AL and the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Wiregrass, AL, In Chicago Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL.

The "Dared to Be... A Silverpoint Soulful Experience" is an independent art exhibit that is a celebration of Essence Festival in New Orleans and privately funded. It is not affiliated with or Essence Festival organization.

To learn more about the artist and to view the artwork from the "Dared To Be..." please visit D. Lammie-Hanson at

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About the Arts Council of New Orleans
The Arts Council New Orleans is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting arts and culture in the city of New Orleans and demonstrating how art transforms communities.

Working in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, and other nonprofit organizations, they work to elevate the arts ecosystem, expand and create opportunities for diverse artistic expression, and bring the community together through programming and events that celebrate New Orleans' rich multicultural heritage.

About the Salon Artist in Residence @ Canal Place presented by The Arts Council of New Orleans.
Arts Council New Orleans has partnered with Canal Place to offer free studio and exhibition space in a retail storefront within the center. Over the course of six-month residencies, SALON artists will use their creative practices to activate the studio space, as well as other areas throughout the center, through open studio tours, exhibitions, performances. SALON is a space for ideas and instincts to run wild, for relinquishing our minds to creative visitation and possibility, and for the curious and the questioning to gather earnestly in common intrigue.

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