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Artist  Spotlight


Opening Reception
Saturday, March 5, 2022
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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Jas Mardis works in fabric, wood, metal and leather in traditional, cultural art and mark-making creations. He is an Arkansas native, Texas based Artist and Writer with a 2014 Induction to the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; a 2000 Pushcart Prize for Poetry award and multiple GRIOT Awards from The National Association of Black Journalist-Dallas for Social Commentary.  Mardis has worked in Marketing, Research and had a 20 year Broadcast Radio career that included award-winning Radio Commentary and Documentaries. Jas Mardis was a freelance Journalist, working for both major market Newspapers and print publications across the United States. He has created symposiums in Black Cinema and written about Film. Mardis has been featured at The National Black Arts Festival and Curated the Cultural Stage for the Southwest Black Arts Festival-Dallas. In addition, Mardis has lectured on cultural arts and taught Public Discourse and Creative Writing for Public and Private institutions with a 13 year position at The Gifted Student Institute @ SMU-Dallas, TX.

The Printed images in this section are all sized 12″x36″ and printed on HP canvas with pigment inks and are priced at $300.00 (unframed) in exclusive editions of 10. This set of images in this size are only available for Chocolate Secrets/Ma Fille Art Gallery customers in this show.

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GrandMa's Power
Love Me or Leave Me
Lord, Don't Leave Now
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Love Me or Leave Me
Best Watch YaSelf
I've Had Enuf
“BigMama’s Essence” is printed on Museum quality Breathing Color Silverada Aqueous Canvas and is 24”x24”framed in a white wood settings and available for viewing the sheened surface at Chocolate Secrets/Ma Fille Art Gallery on the wall at the stage. This is an exclusive canvas and size printing. $2,500 framed. Unframed printed on Hewlett-Packard canvas 24”x24” $1,700
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Fabric and Leather Pyrography Framed Art

These items are exclusive One-Of-A-Kind Creations featuring the multimedia artistry of Jas. Mardis using the unique art form of pyrography portraiture on leather combined with fabric quilting, patchwork and thread painting. These creations are made further exclusive by the custom frame artistry of the Artist.

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