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The Sponsor

In collaboration with Lobey Art & Travel and Mr. V the Artist, The Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services presents "Passing The Torch" on Saturday, March 25th for its 35th Year Anniversary Gala at the Florida International University, Kovens Center. 

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The Featured Artist

Voltaire CHARLES-MARC, also known as Mr. V the Artist, was born in March 1975 and has a wonderful son named Tyree V. CHARLES-MARC. Voltaire has cherished memories of spending time with his cousin Reginald GEORGES during vacations. The two shared a passion for drawing, and they would spend hours lost in their art. As they grew older, their paths diverged, with Reginald pursuing a career in Art at ENARTS, the National School for Arts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Voltaire opting to study Computer Sciences instead at INUQUA Institut Universitaire Quisqueya Amerique.

In 2006, while planning a family visit, Reginald was inspired to revisit their shared love of drawing. He brought a canvas, and a friend brought black and white paint. Reginald and his friend encouraged Voltaire to try his hand at painting for the first time. The result was stunning: an exquisite portrait of Voltaire and his sister-in-law. This success motivated Voltaire to paint more, and by 2007, he was creating historical portraits and iconic figures. By researching the context of the individuals he painted, he began incorporating historical references into his paintings, which evolved into the collage-like style that defines his school of Art, I-I-S-P (Immortalized Images Story Paintings).

Alongside painting, Voltaire also discovered a love of woodworking at his architect brother's shop. His body of work explores topics and subjects related to Haiti, his native homeland. Both of Voltaire's parents were also involved in the art world, with a focus on "Haute Couture". Voltaire's affinity for world culture and history shines through in his paintings, making them appealing to people of all backgrounds and origins. In addition to exhibiting his work throughout the world and Haiti, Voltaire regularly invites art students to his studio. He shares his space with five other artists known collectively as the "Famous Art Creation", providing students with visual aids to complement their textbook and classroom lectures.

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The Advocate

Lobey Art & Travel is a dynamic network of artists and entrepreneurs committed to promoting the arts, advocating for artists, and supporting art organizations and community agencies. We are dedicated to promoting the arts in all their forms and to supporting the artists who bring them to life.

Through our advocacy efforts, we aim to create a more supportive environment for artists, one that recognizes their contributions and the vital role they play in society. We also work to support art organizations and community agencies, helping them to create meaningful connections and foster greater understanding among individuals and communities. personal change and make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

Lobey Art & Travel also includes a travel component that allows for unique and immersive experiences in art and culture. Our travel programs are designed to offer a deeper understanding of the world around us by engaging with local artists and communities, exploring their cultures and traditions, and experiencing the transformative power of the arts. Through these experiences, we aim to inspire personal growth and change, providing opportunities for travelers to expand their perspectives and develop a greater appreciation for global diversity.

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Piece Maitresse

Orchestra Etcetera is a remarkable and daring installation that stands as a testament to the unbreakable bond between art and environmental sustainability. Crafted entirely from recycled materials, such as wood, steel, fabrics, nails, cable, extension cords, old plates, cookies boxes, bottle tops, and old tree branches, this installation embodies the tremendous potential of creativity and ingenuity.

The installation serves as a powerful reminder that waste can be transformed into something beautiful and useful. Through the meticulous use of recycled materials, the artist behind Orchestra Etcetera has created a stunning piece that challenges our preconceived notions of art and sustainability. It is a bold and innovative expression of the possibilities that exist when we harness our imagination and our commitment to the environment.

Orchestra Etcetera invites us to reflect on our relationship with the environment and encourages us to take responsibility for our actions. It is an inspiring example of how art can be a vehicle for change, inspiring us to rethink our relationship with the planet and to find new ways to live in harmony with the world around us. This installation is a tribute to the transformative power of creativity and resourcefulness, and it stands as a testament to the incredible things we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal.

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58x58 - Acrylic on Canvas

The painting is a celebration of the train system and its historical and cultural significance. The artwork depicts not only the physical trains themselves, but also the many technological innovations and advancements that have made them possible and contributed to their development over time.

Through its visual representation, the painting prompts us to contemplate the role of trains in shaping the modern world and the ways in which they have facilitated economic growth and development. It invites us to consider the interconnectedness of our global society and the importance of transportation and infrastructure in enabling progress.

Furthermore, the painting highlights the ongoing relevance of trains in contemporary society, despite the rise of alternative modes of transportation. By emphasizing their enduring significance, the artwork encourages us to recognize the importance of preserving and investing in our transportation infrastructure for future generations.

Overall, the painting serves as a powerful testament to the role of trains in shaping our world and the continued significance of this mode of transportation in modern society.

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HANDS OFF - 2019

24x30 - Acrylic on Canvas

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world, causing immense grief and sorrow for many families who have lost loved ones. It is imperative that we take this virus seriously and implement measures to prevent its spread. One of the key steps we can take is to practice good hygiene by regularly washing our hands, wearing masks, and gloves.

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YES WE CAN  - 2020

24x36 - Acrylic on Canvas

The painting presented is a powerful reminder of the urgent need for action in the face of this pandemic. By taking proactive measures, we can work to prevent further loss of life and bring an end to this crisis. While this situation is undeniably difficult, it also presents an opportunity for us to come together and demonstrate our collective strength and resilience.



24x30 - Acrylic on Canvas

The emergence of new variants and modified forms of the coronavirus is a cause for concern as they can potentially increase the transmissibility and severity of the disease, and potentially reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines and treatments. Several variants of the virus have already been identified, including the Delta variant, which is highly transmissible and has caused a surge in cases in many parts of the world.

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The installation on exhibit is a unique piece that consists of a saxophone and two guitars, which have been created entirely from recycled materials. The artist has ingeniously repurposed and transformed discarded items, including various kinds of metal, wood, fabrics, cables, extension cords, old plates, cookie boxes, bottle tops, and even old tree branches, into a new work of art.

By utilizing recycled materials, the artwork showcases the immense potential and transformative power of creativity and resourcefulness. It brilliantly demonstrates how even ordinary and discarded items can be given a new life and new purpose through the power of imagination and creativity.

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GUITAR I - 2021

The artwork also serves as a poignant reminder that there is inherent value in the things we might typically throw away, and that they can be harnessed to create something beautiful and meaningful. Moreover, the piece celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of the human spirit, as well as the importance of sustainable and responsible resource use.

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GUITAR II - 2021

Overall, the artwork offers a thought-provoking commentary on the potential of waste materials and celebrates the endless possibilities of human creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness. It serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to rethink our approach to resource use and waste management and offers hope for a more sustainable and responsible future.

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32x44 - Acrylic on Canvas

The people of Haiti have a rich history and a deep commitment to hard work and using their gifts to help others. They have overcome the chains of slavery and oppression to establish their own country, where unity and strength are cherished values. The principles of liberty, equality, and brotherhood are deeply ingrained in their culture, and they are determined to uphold these values. They have made great progress in other countries, demonstrating their resilience and determination to move forward together.

Despite the challenges of violence, corruption, and other issues, the people of Haiti remain committed to progress, education, and independence. They honor the freedom that their ancestors fought so hard to achieve, and they recognize that their power lies in their unity and strength. The great monuments of Haiti, such as the citadel, are a testament to the greatness of the Haitian people.

It is important for the people of Haiti to remember their values and to put respect and honor at the center of their families, friendships, neighbors, and businesses.

Their voices are powerful and limitless, and they have the ability to continue to fight for freedom and justice around the world. Their history has been written down for future generations to continue the fight, and their nature and values will guide them towards a brighter future. Let us celebrate the Haitian people and their enduring commitment to progress and unity.



40x30 -  Acrylic on Canvas

Pan-Americanism refers to a movement that seeks to promote cooperation, understanding, and solidarity among the countries and peoples of the Americas, including North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The term is primarily associated with efforts to promote political, economic, and cultural ties between the countries of the Americas.

While Pan-Americanism does not have a direct relationship with African Americans, there have been some efforts to extend the movement to include people of African descent in the Americas. For example, some organizations and initiatives have sought to promote Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean solidarity, recognizing the shared experiences and struggles of people of African descent across the Americas.

However, it is important to note that the experiences of African Americans in the United States are unique and cannot necessarily be equated with those of Afro-Latin Americans or Afro-Caribbeans. Additionally, the history of race and racism in the Americas is complex and multifaceted, and efforts to promote Pan-Americanism among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds must take these complexities into account.


APOKALIPS - (AYITI 12 JANVYE 2010) - 2010

44x86 - Acrylic on Canvas

January 12, 2010 was a tragic day in the history of Haiti. At 4:53 pm local time, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the country, it centered approximately 16 miles west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.

The earthquake caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure in Port-au-Prince and other cities, including hospitals, schools, and government buildings. The death toll from the earthquake was estimated to be around 200,000, with many more in

jured or left homeless.

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The Immortalized Images Story Painting is a unique form of art that blends various art movements and techniques to create a visual storytelling experience. It typically involves using a clear image or a series of images that are accompanied by text, quotes, and symbols to convey a message or tell a story. This new school of art is easily recognizable, timeless, and engages both art lovers and newcomers alike.

What sets Immortalized Images Story Painting apart is its ability to challenge people to reflect on their experiences and memories, inviting them to see the world around them in a different light. By using symbols and text, the artist can create layers of meaning within the art that encourages viewers to look beyond the surface level and explore the deeper themes and ideas presented.

This art form is a powerful tool of change, as it can be used to create awareness and bring attention to important social issues or historical events. It can also be used to honor individuals or groups that have made a significant impact on society or to celebrate cultural traditions and heritage.

Overall, Immortalized Images Story Painting is a dynamic and innovative form of art that captures the essence of a specific moment in time while also challenging viewers to think critically about the world around them. Its unique blend of art movements and techniques makes it a versatile and universally understood art form that has the potential to create meaningful change in the world.

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