National Black Arts Festival’s 12th annual Fine Art + Fashion.
Local luminaries stunned in avant-garde apparel as they filled Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square, to celebrate NBAF’s 30th year of honoring artists of African descent. Partygoers paused to pose at the picturesque backdrop clad in pink roses before moving to a lively cocktail reception complete with wine, Champagne and specialty sips. Here, guests admired an exhibit of artwork created by 2018 Visual Artist Honoree Fahamu Pecou, who says, “My first National Black Arts Festival in 1994 was where I was inspired and affirmed. The NBAF cast aside doubts that I could be an artist, and the experience was life-altering.” Guests included: John Brewer, Todd Hoyles, Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram, Vikki Millender-Morrow, Jovita Moore, Charmaine Ward-Millner and Brenda Wood. Honorary co-chairs Cindy and Bill Voyles were recognized for their exceptional civic and philanthropic efforts, and eight Atlantans were dubbed Fashionistas Making a Difference for their support of the arts and contributions to the community. The evening ended on a high note when Ken Downing, senior vice president fashion director of Neiman Marcus, flew in from Paris to curate a dazzling runway show dubbed The Art of Fashion, which closed with a choir echoing the lyrics of “Love Is the Answer.”