Synthia SAINT JAMES Art Fundraiser for the African American Fire Fighters Museum

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Synthia SAINT JAMES will unveil her tribute painting "Fire Rainbow Obama" which celebrates President Barack Obama, for the first time publicly. SAINT JAMES will also introduce the Limited Edition Giclees on Canvas of the painting which will be available for purchase. 40% of sales from the SAINT JAMES exhibition will be donated to the African American Fire Fighter Museum.

The African American Fire Fighter Museum will present a very special art exhibition, for one day only, featuring the artwork of world renowned artist and author Synthia SAINT JAMES.

Ms. SAINT JAMES will unveil, for the first time publicly, her tribute painting celebrating President Barack Obama, "Fire Rainbow Obama" at 2pm.

The event will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 1-5pm, as a fundraiser benefiting this historical museum located at 1401 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021.

The African American Fire Fighter Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American firefighters.

The Museum is housed at old Fire Station 30. This station, which was one of two segregated fire stations in Los Angeles, between 1924 and 1955, was established in 1913, to serve the Central Ave community.
This beautifully restored facility has the original apparatus floor tiles, poles and kitchen out-building, dating back to 1913, when the facility opened as a fire station.

The Museum has been designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument 289, and is the recipient of the Los Angeles Conservancy's 1999 preservation Award.

Synthia SAINT JAMES, international award winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday, has to date written and or illustrated 13 children's picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children's activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book. She is the receipient of The Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards including a Parent's Choice Silver Honor for her book Sunday, a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustrating Neeny Coming…Neeny Going, and an Oppenheim Gold Award for the book To Dinner For Dinner, which she illustrated.

Her architectural designs include a 150 foot ceramic tile mural for Ontario, California's international airport, 6 - 9x4 foot elevator doors for a building in California's State Capitol's East End Complex, Sacramento, California, stained glass windows for the West Tampa Library in Tampa, Florida, and a 4x7 foot ceramic tile mural (inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou's poem "On the Pulse of Morning"), commissioned by Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher LLP for Cowan Elementary School in Westchester, California. She was also commissioned to create the 3x6 foot painting that hangs in the Women's Center of Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California.

SAINT JAMES has completed numerous commissioned signature images for non-profit organizations including the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (which hangs at the Vulcan Station in Brooklyn, New York), Children's Institute International, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Harlem Book Fair, the United Way, and the National Education Association. She unveiled the poster that she created for the Center for Disease Control at the United Nations on World AIDS Day 2005, unveiled the original painting that she created for the Metropolitan AME Church (Harlem, NY) at the Schomburg in February 2006, and unveiled the 20th anniversary painting for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in June 2006..

Her paintings grace the covers of over 60 books, including Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, Mama, and the Japanese translation of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Iyanla Vanzant's Acts of Faith, Faith in the Valley and The Big Book of Faith.

In reviews her artwork has been described as "ebullient", "bold", "creates paintings that remind one of Matisse cutouts in their clear line and intense color" and "joyful".

She was honored with the 2004 Woman of the Year Award in Education by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and she is a proud receipient of The HistoryMakers Award. Fall of 2006 she received both the MOSTE Inspirational Women Award and the Samella Award for her artistry, and designed the "We See You Award". SAINT JAMES is also one of the women included in Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter's National Geographic book, Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time.

She most recently completed signature paintings for Children's Institute International's "Project Fatherhood", and Susan G. Komen for the Cure's "Circle of Promise" campaign for which she now serves as a National Ambassador. She is also a member of the cast of M.K. Asante's latest documentary "The Black Candle" which is currently screening worldwide.

Look for her art on licensed products for Barnes & Noble's 800 stores and on their website in celebration of Black History Month (February, 2009).

SAINT JAMES, a self-taught artist, credits the creator and her ancestry (which includes African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jew) for her artistic gifts.

Media Contacts:
Brent Burton 213-744-1730
Synthia SAINT JAMES 323-993-5722

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