“Daso in Manhattan 2009”

A first at the Plaza Hotel

Fine folk art will make its debut at the Plaza Hotel for the first week of March 2009, featuring the work of a black artist who made it despite the odds against him.  

The artist, John Daso of the Gifted Artists Gallery, in Buckhead, Ga., is bringing some of his best originals, reproductions and prints as the feature of the event. 

“Daso in Manhattan 2009” is designed to showcase the artist's collection depicting life during his early years as a child. Many of his collectors follow his work from San Francisco and Charleston, S.C., to Buckhead and now for this exhibit in Manhattan.

Daso overcame many obstacles as a youthful artist where his craftsmanship as a young black could have hindered his career. He wasn’t able to gain the support of his family or peers. But still, without formal training, Daso continues to rise in stature with a humble and triumphant human spirit.

The weeklong exhibit will host a private auction for charity with a portion granted to the 9/11 Charities for Children, a black tie event with tickets available for $250.00 per person and a VIP reception free of charge to the general public for art viewing and purchasing.

Daso will introduce two other artists at the event, including Craig Henderson, who will bring mixed media art, and Vonda Smith, who will bring her specialty, abstract art.  Both artists are from Atlanta.

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