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Mon, May 13

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Ely's Historic State Theater

Minnesota's Communities, in Detail - Isaiah Okongo

Join us in celebrating the extraordinary talent of Isaiah Okongo, a visually impaired sketch artist whose captivating artwork brings downtown scenes from across Minnesota to life in vivid detail.

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Minnesota's Communities, in Detail - Isaiah Okongo
Minnesota's Communities, in Detail - Isaiah Okongo

Time & Location

May 13, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 26, 2024, 3:00 PM

Ely's Historic State Theater, 238 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731, USA

About the event

Join us in celebrating the extraordinary talent of Isaiah Okongo, a visually impaired sketch artist whose captivating artwork brings downtown scenes from across Minnesota to life in vivid detail. Using a combination of pen, ink, pencil, and watercolor, Isaiah's creations offer a unique perspective on familiar landscapes, revealing intricacies and nuances that escape the naked eye.

Isaiah embarked on his downtown series in 2020, using his art not only as a means of exploration but also as a way to bridge the gap between his visual impairment and the world around him. Through his meticulous renderings, Isaiah not only captures the essence of his surroundings but also invites viewers to connect with the places they call home on a deeper level.

In addition to his downtown series, Isaiah has ventured into various artistic endeavors, including a Year in Review, a Photoshop Ghost Series, a Window Series, and occasional depictions of nature scenes. Recently, he has embarked on a mission to create more accessible art, employing texture to ensure that visually impaired individuals can also experience the beauty and richness of his work.

Isaiah's talent has not gone unnoticed, with his artwork being featured in exhibitions throughout central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. From curating accessible art showcases to participating in prestigious biennials, Isaiah's contributions to the art world are both significant and inspiring.

Join us as we celebrate Isaiah's remarkable journey as an artist, highlighting his achievements and showcasing the boundless creativity that knows no visual boundaries.

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