Violated Metropolis Closing Reception

Arabi Visual Arts is very pleased to present a special SOBER and INFORMATIVE closing reception for the Violated Metropolis exhibition.  

The event will be held live at the gallery from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday February 26th AND broadcast via Zoom (limited to first 100 participants registered) from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Art Span NOLA

We are excited to co-produce this event with Art Span NOLA.    10% of all sales will directly benefit the programming at Art Span NOLA!

“Art Span NOLA brings communities together through art with its capacity to tell a shared story and build connections. We are a multi-disciplinary arts initiative that brings a sharp focus to contemporary topics through accessible, site- specific art. Our programming poses new questions, presents a multiplicity of perspectives and challenges assumptions, which will prime audiences to experience art in new and meaningful ways.”

Bywater Bakery

This is a sober event!  Coffee & water will be provided by Arabi Visual Arts as well as delicious pastries from our co-sponsor, Bywater Bakery!

Your Hosts

Christopher Ryan, owner of Arabi Visual Arts Gallery and Constance Lewis, founder of Art Span NOLA will be your hosts for this event.  

Christopher is an international conceptual photographer who attended photography school at San Diego City College and has works exhibited in galleries and exhibitions throughout the USA and Thailand.

Constance Lewis holds a Fine Art degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art
Institute, where she studied under noted California photographer Henry Wessel. Constance then moved
from San Francisco to France to study photographic conservation.

Artist Talks

The following artists will appear either live or via zoom to discuss their works in the exhibition and take questions from the audience.

Christie Fluder: New York City based photographer, filmmaker, producer, writer & poet. Christie’s works
have appeared in many international juried exhibitons.

Christopher Ryan: International conceptual photographer discussing his Youth and Urban Decay series
featuring kids & teens in abandoned places.

Eric Kunsman: Photographer, lecturer, book artist and Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of
Technology (RIT) will speak on Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Race, Class, &
Economics in Rochester, NY

Jason Paul Roberts: A published photographer & lecturer who has studied abroad under several
Magnum photographers. Jason holds an arts degree from Norther Illinois and a second in Multimedia
Journalism and Contemporary Social Issues. Jason will discuss his work in the exhibition and his pasion
for social issues and marginalized communities.

Mary Lou Uttermohlen uses environmental portraiture as her practice. Her work has appeared in
publications such as Time, Ladies Home Journal, Newsweek, New Orleans Magazine, Success Magazine
and Inc.

Russell Gorbaty will discuss his incredible, dramatic images in stunning abandoned places such as Six
Flags and Charity Hospital.

William Kinney: born (1980) and raised in Chicago, Illinois, William has worked as a visual artist,
filmmaker, and photographer creating works which capture the human experience. William graduated
from the prestigious film program at Columbia College.


Attending in Person?

Just head over to Arabi Visual Arts at 6707 St. Claude Avenue anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  on Sunday, February 26, 2023.  Most of the artists talks will take place between 2 and 4 and doors close at 6.

Set a Google Calendar event as a reminder.

Attending Via Zoom?

Please note that we intend to mute all participants except during the Q&A portion.  This will be our first time hosting a Zoom meeting, so please be patient!  We will not have the staff to monitor the chat feature, but will advise the speakers to keep an eye out there.

The Zoom meeting will start at 3 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.

Zoom link:

The passcode for the Zoom meeting is: kKAS83

Set a Google Calendar event as a reminder.