Houston Mayor Bill White Proclaims March 23, 2006, Ted Ellis Day

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Nationally acclaimed artist, Ted Ellis was recognized during the public session of the City Council of Houston, Texas for his outstanding contributions to the world of art.

Nationally acclaimed artist, Ted Ellis was recognized during the public session of the City Council of Houston, Texas for his outstanding contributions to the world of art. The Mayor of Houston, Bill White, proclaimed ‘May 23, 2006’ as ‘Ted Ellis Day’. Ellis received a formal proclamation from the Mayor, with the members of the City Council in attendance. The event marked the launch of an exhibit of paintings by Ellis in City Hall sponsored by Council Member Sue Lovell. The themed exhibit, titled ‘Blues in the Bayou City’, will run for three months from May until the beginning of August 2006. Each Council Member received a 2006 Calendar of artwork by Ted Ellis and a print of his work.

The proclamation read as follows “An environmental chemist, turned professional artist over 15 years ago, Ted Ellis is one of the leading African-American contemporary artists capturing American culture and heritage. Referring to himself as a creative historian, Ted Ellis states that he was put here to record history and his sole purpose has always been to educate through art. Extremely dedicated to his craft, Ted Ellis breathes life into the rural scenes that follow soulful and familiar images through poignant settings, drawing from his childhood impressions of his native city, New Orleans. His acclaimed series, Celebrating our Culture and Heritage, encompasses the diversity and cultural similarities of all Americans.”

Ellis will be launching several themed exhibits in Houston and Dallas, Texas that will run concurrently with the Houston City Hall exhibit during the months of June and July 2006.

Venue:    Saint Mary of the Purification Church, 3006 Rosedale, Houston, TX

Date :     June 2006 (1 month exhibit), Theme : “Celebrating Our Culture and Heritage”

Venue:    7th Annual First Lady Conference hosted by the Urban Alternative, The Fairmont Hotel, 1717 North Akard Street, Dallas, TX

Date:     June 8 – 10, 2006, Theme : “Born in the Spirit”

Venue:    Black Expressions-Showcase of Visual Artists (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.), Magnolia Hotel, 1100 Texas Ave, Houston, TX

Date:     June 16, 2006

Venue:    Stringfellow Orchard (Juneteenth Celebration), Historical Texas Landmark in Hitchcock, TX

Date:     June 17, Theme : Ellis will unveil a painting that celebrates Juneteenth

Venue:    2006 Essence Music Festival, Reliant Park, Houston TX

Date:     July 1 – 3, 2006

Ellis is currently working on a captivating new series of paintings, appropriately titled “Healing, Hope and Rebirth”, depicting the needed process of healing, the embrace of hope, and the deeply innate goal of rebirth for Hurricane Katrina survivors. Expressing grave concern for the large numbers of people still displaced without housing, jobs, and medical care, Ellis is determined to make this series one of the catalysts that encourages the nation to continue supporting the ongoing relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

About the Company

T. Ellis Fine Art, Inc. was founded in 1991 and offers a wide variety of themes spanning from contemporary to traditional, including religious and historical settings. The collection includes a large number of original drawings, prints, hand-embellished giclees, etchings, and textured prints, with prices for the modest budget and the high-end collector. The business has developed a prestigious and dedicated client base of private collectors and organizations throughout the country. Ellis’ private collectors include; Angela Bassett, Blair Underwood, Susan L. Taylor, Bryant Gumbel, Joyce Roche and the late Johnny Cochran. Major corporations have commissioned Ellis; a few of which include: Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, Exxon/Mobil and Avon, Inc. He has also been featured on local, regional, and national television programs including MSNBC and in magazines such as Upscale, Southern Living, and Newsweek. He is frequently featured in newspaper articles throughout the country. His artwork may also be found on CD covers and Books.

Through the 501(c) organization, Community Arts Initiative, Inc., Ellis generously contributes time and artwork to various causes sponsored by the organizations previously mentioned above , in addition to : The United Way, ICLS, African American Visual Arts Association, Jack and Jill, Inc., The Links, Inc., United Negro College Fund, Heritage Christian Academy, and public school districts around the globe. Ellis’ involvement in the community as an art advocate and educator has earned him recognition from numerous organizations and city officials. He was recently praised by Bill White, the mayor of Houston, Texas for the gift of a painting that is currently displayed in the Mayor’s office. Ted describes himself and his mission best when he says “at the end of the day, I am simply an artist with a purpose – trying to help others through my art”.

Ellis currently resides in Friendswood, Texas with his wife and children. Additional information about Ted Ellis and T. Ellis Fine Art, Inc. is available on the web. His work is also on display at galleries throughout the country and in the T. Ellis Fine Art Showroom in Friendswood, Texas. Inquires can be sent to info@tellisfineart.com or calls to 281-933-0300, toll free 800-222-3310.

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