Friday, February 28, 6-9 P.M.
351 Palisade Ave, Jersey City
PRIME Gallery will be holding an art exhibition featuring local North Jersey artists, entitled HANDS UP (A Campaign for Peace) to raise awareness for their campaign for peace and to promote love and unity through various forms of art and expression. The exhibition will serve as a showcase for Jahahd Payne (bio below), a young artist and victim of gun violence, as well as a tribute to all lost and affected by the recent 2019 Jersey City shootings.
CFPA's Ceasefire NJ and the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement will be the special guest speakers, and a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to both charities.
Hands Up will be curated by Gallery Director, Maria Kosdon, in collaboration with Chaz Howard. Contributing artists include Maria de Los Angeles, Ryan Bonilla, The Real Love Child, Clarencerich, Leandro Comrie, 4sakn_CBS, D.Tunia, Distort, Jahahd Payne, Rebecca Johnson, Walter John Rodriguez, RU8ICON1 and TF Dutchman.
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A sensible performing artist since birth, Jahahd Payne was born on March 5, 1996 to Oylema Lewis and Cheron Payne, and grew up in North Jersey. He spent most of his childhood and young adult life participating in the church as a praise dancer to captivating audiences with his emotionally charged self-choreographed mime and hip-hop routines to displaying his exceptional and unique talents as a painter. Jahahd’s spirit and gifts as a visual artist was undoubtedly remarkable and blossoming into what had the potential to be more than extraordinary. After 23 years of blessing the world with his effervescence and passion for life and art, Jahahd lost his life as a victim of gun violence in Newark, New Jersey on August 5, 2019. Whether affectionately known to some as “Hahd, ” “Hodini” or any other host of nicknames he had, Jahahd’s infectious smile, Peter Pan spirit and creativity were known to all and will be missed dearly.